Caring for Our Childen (CFOC)

Chapter 3: Health Promotion and Protection

3.3 Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting

3.3.0

3.3.0.3: Cleaning and Sanitizing Objects Intended for the Mouth


Thermometers, pacifiers, teething toys, and similar objects should be cleaned, and reusable parts should be sanitized between uses. Pacifiers should not be shared.
RATIONALE
Contamination of hands, toys and other objects in child care areas has played a role in the transmission of diseases in child care settings (1).
TYPE OF FACILITY
Center, Early Head Start, Head Start, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS
3.1.4.3 Pacifier Use
3.3.0.1 Routine Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting
3.6.1.3 Thermometers for Taking Human Temperatures
Appendix K: Routine Schedule for Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting
REFERENCES
  1. Grenier, D., D. Leduc, eds. 2008. Preventing infections. In Well beings. 3rd ed. Ottawa, Ontario: Canadian Paediatric Society.