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, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5, sixth edition, ped-ah-91554
First Published: 02/01/2010
Last Reviewed: 11/16/2022