Monday, June 5, 2017

ChildCare Aware of America publishes: "The Danger of Spreading CMV: How We Can Protect Our Children."

The book, "Caring for Our Children," co-authored by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) makes it clear child care workers should be educated about CMV, their increased risk for it, and need for meticulous hygiene, but so few caregivers/teachers are told about CMV. I am trying to change that by speaking, blogging, and e-mailing daycare directors and licensing agencies, but it's hard to make any changes to policy. 
I am a former licensed daycare provider who never heard about CMV and my increased risk for it until after my daughter Elizabeth was born severely disabled by congenital CMV. 
ChildCare Aware of America just published my blog post, The Danger of Spreading CMV: How We Can Protect Our Children, where I use "Caring for Our Children," as a source. The post is geared to child care providers, babysitters and church nursery volunteers.  You can access and share it through this link:
If you prefer Facebook, ChildCare Aware of America posted the article link on their Facebook page at:

Do you have any advice on how I can reach child care providers with CMV information? Since so few daycare center directors have even heard of CMV, it is very difficult. Utah passed a law requiring child care providers be informed, but very few states have such a law. I helped get a CMV testing law passed in Connecticut, but the prevention education part didn't pass because of funds (prevention education was estimated to cost Connecticut $40,000 per year). 

Many child care agencies feel they are doing their job because they are teaching hand-washing protocol, but it's important child care workers understand their CMV risk to increase their motivation for following the protocol. 

I just sent out the following newsletter in honor of June as National Congenital CMV Awareness month It includes materials of interest  to those who work in the child care industry including my list, “15 Reasons Why Childcare Providers Need to Know About CMV.” For the newsletter, click on:

You may be interested in my TV interview: Child Care and Cytomegalovirus (CMV): Protect Your Pregnancy

If you live or work in my home state of Connecticut, here is a CMV prevention flyer with the Department of Public Health logo:

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