Posted: Sep 10, 2012 7:59 AM by Marissa Torres
Updated: Sep 10, 2012 8:10 AM
Conjunctivitis, or Pinkeye, is a very contagious virus that can be passed easily, especially among kids.
In fact, it's one of the top reasons kids miss school or daycare, but there are things you can do to protection your family.
Whether it's a toy or a camera, kids will try to put anything and everything in their mouths. Linda Alexander is the owner of Luke Miracle's Group Daycare and she says keeping the kids safe and healthy is her top priority.
"Pretty much everything that can be touched by a child, we wipe it down."
Germs spread easily when kids are in close quarters, especially at schools and daycares, and Pinkeye is one of the most contagious. A child can get bacterial or viral Pinkeye from an infected child coughing or sneezing or touching toys that are contaminated.
"If they put it in their mouth, we sanitize, basically we sanitize everything everyday anyway," says Leisa Young, childcare provider.
The daycare stresses washing hands, using gloves to change diapers and changing the sheets on each child's crib daily. If the women thought a child did have Pinkeye, they would be send home and asked to get a note from a doctor.
In most cases, Pinkeye can be treated with eye drops and lasts only a few days, but it's important to keep that child isolated until it goes away.