If your child breathes in or comes in contact with germs (bacteria and viruses), she may get an infection.
If your child is old enough, teach her how to wash her hands. Proper handwashing is the best way to avoid infections.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic