Is My Baby More Likely to Get Sick Because He Has Older Siblings or Is in Daycare?
You can count on it. That's why you want to make sure you teach older children about good hand hygiene: to cough and sneeze into their sleeves instead of in hands and to avoid touching baby's mouth, nose, or eyes. Another strategy, especially for toddlers or preschoolers, is to deputize them as the "baby police." As Dr. Jana says, "They get to be 'in charge' of making sure that everybody washes their hands before they touch the baby. And they don't need to be as tactful as you do. It's much easier for a 3-year-old to say, 'Grandma, you need to wash your hands,' than it is for you to instruct your mother-in-law to do it."