Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 3: Health Promotion and Protection

3.3 Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting

3.3.0 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.
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).
Center, Early Head Start, Head Start, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS Pacifier Use Routine Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting Guidelines for Taking Children’s Temperatures
Appendix K: Routine Schedule for Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting
  1. Grenier, D., D. Leduc, eds. 2008. Preventing infections. In Well beings. 3rd ed. Ottawa, Ontario: Canadian Paediatric Society.