Bacterial Infections 101


5 Ways to Prevent Bacterial Infections

  1. Wash your hands and your child's hands with soap and water before eating and after using the restroom. "Most antibacterial soap is ineffective as most bacteria are now resistant," says Wright. "We recommend simple hand washing for 20 seconds."
  2. Pack a pocket-sized antibacterial hand sanitizer in your child's book bag.
  3. Clean open cuts or scrapes with soap and water.
  4. Teach your child to always cover his or her mouth when coughing or sneezing.
  5. To prevent the spread of illness, keep your child home from school for one or two days, if possible.

If you think your child may have a bacterial infection, visit to your healthcare provider. The sooner illness is detected, correctly diagnosed, and appropriately treated, the better chance of a good outcome.

Source: Wendy L. Wright, RN, ARNP, FNP, FAANP

Originally published on, November 2006.

All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

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