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Those toys and other playthings scattered around the pediatrician’s office waiting room may be a thing of the past. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released a new version of their “Infection Prevention and Control in Pediatric Ambulatory Settings” statement, and is making sure that germs (like the ones that gather on furry stuffed animals) don’t make their way to your child.  Okay, so the statement sounds pretty doctor-y. Right? Well, it is. That is, it is intended for doctors to use. But the implications will affect you and your child. Check out what the updated version of this statement (the older one was released in 2007) has to say.

Obviously, your child’s pediatrician’s office is crawling with germs. All of those runny noses, sneezes and coughs are headed out and onto the office waiting room surfaces. In an effort to combat the build-up of viruses and bacteria, the AAP’s recent statement is packed with recommendations for reducing the spread of illnesses.

So how does the AAP think that doctor’s offices can combat all of the disease-causing activities that happen there? To start with, using proper hand hygiene — including alcohol-based hand rubs and washing with soap and water. This goes for the doctors, nurses, office staff and everyone else who is in the waiting or exam rooms.

Along with hand washing, the AAP wants pediatric office staff to help their patients learn about respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette. This includes sneezing and coughing into your elbow instead of your hand and disposing of tissues properly.

What do you think about the AAP’s new guidelines? Share your thoughts in the comments below.