Better Equipment Cuts Illness At Day Care Centers

Fewer children and workers at out-of-home day care centers would get sick if the centers could afford better equipment for changing diapers, washing hands and preparing food. That's according to a study by North Carolina researchers.

Automatic faucets and foot-activated, roll out waste bins for diaper disposal can help reduce the spread of infectious diseases in such environments. But researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill noted that those upgrades are costly, roughly ten-thousand dollars per day care center.

The report appeared in today's edition of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The study was paid for by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.