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.

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Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. For inclusivity, this guide uses "them" and "their."
Reviewed By: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic
First Published: 02/01/2010
Last Reviewed: 01/01/2016