Daycare Control Measures for Prevention of Communicable Diseases

Bleach Mixture:

  • ¼ cup of bleach per one gallon of water; or
  • 1 tablespoon of bleach per one quart of water

For more information, contact the Division of Disease Prevention at 513.946.7923.


Enforce strict hand washing for staff and children

  • Observe children while washing hands.
  • Hands must be washed after using the bathroom and before eating or preparing meals.
  • Stress the importance of good hand washing with parents.


Change diapers

  • Change diapers in designated areas only.
  • Assign specific, gloved staff person to change diapers. This person cannot handle food.
  • Wash diaper changing area in between diaper changes with disinfectant. • Wash hands with soap and water after each diaper change.
  • Change gloves after each diaper change.
  • Put soiled diapers and gloves in plastic bag. Place in step-type trash can.


Clean surfaces and toys

  • Wash thoroughly, then sanitize and rinse toys daily.
  • Wipe counter tops, tables and chairs before preparing/eating food with soap and water. Follow with bleach mixture listed above.


Clean bathroom and toilet area

  • Continue general sanitation procedures.


Clean surfaces that come in contact with human feces/stool

  • Wear gloves.
  • Remove feces and clean area with soap and water.
  • Disinfect area with bleach mixture listed below.
  • Allow area/item to air dry


Download a printable version of this fact sheet here.


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Phone 513.946.7800 Fax 513.946.7890