What Infections Occur in Daycare?

When talking about germs, we often think of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). They are spread in both acute and long-term care facilities. Some countries even consider dental practices. (3)

Although the CDC does not track the spread of infection in daycare, they did report that there were over 20,000 HAIs in children from 2011 to 2014. (1)

Over 60% of HAIs in children come from the following germs:

  • Staphylococcus aureus (17%)
  • Coagulase-negative staphylococci (17%)
  • Escherichia coli (11%)
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae or Klebsiella oxytoca (9%)
  • Enterococcus faecalis (8%)

Other infections include: (2)

  • Hepatitis A infection is linked to daycare in 14% of cases.
  • Households of childcare providers have a 22% secondary attack rate for diarrhea.
  • Children have most of the 21 million respiratory infections that cause doctor visits each year.

Your providers know frequent proper handwashing is important. They regularly clean toys and other high-touch surfaces with a 1:10 dilution of bleach. They keep food preparation and serving areas separate from diaper changing and toilet areas.

But everyone’s human. Your small customers can move surprisingly quickly. How can you protect children from accidental infection from each other or one of your daycare providers?



While daycare facilities present unique risks and challenges in the mitigation of preventable infections, ADSS offers a safe, cost-effective, proven solution through SteraMist.

Can You Make Your Daycare Safer?

Absolutely. And we can help.

We have a long history of neutralizing germs, bacteria, and other biological contaminants. Our work is built on years of partnership with government and industry leaders.

Using the proprietary TOMI SteriMist system, our technicians reduce bacterial, viral, and fungal CFUs by 99.9999%. We quickly sanitize all kinds of surfaces, including cribs, tables, chairs, books, and toys.

ADSS engineers work with you professionally and courteously to understand your unique needs. Following a facility inspection, we provide a detailed estimate, specific to your facility and requirements.

Our work protects the children, their parents, and your people.

Do You Really Benefit?

Our techniques save large facilities up to 5.5 billion dollars annually, but that’s not what you need to hear. You need to know that children and their parents are truly safe.

Our solution offers common-sense benefits.

First, your childcare providers have a healthier work environment. Fewer germs result in fewer sick days. It costs your insurer less because the number of medical visits decreases. This decreases your benefit costs, allowing you to focus on providing the highest quality care and activities.

Second, fewer germs means that children at your facility will not get sick as often. As a result, they are happier and attendance increases.

Finally, by intentionally lower the risk of preventable infection, you decrease liability and increase reputation across the board.

For more information or a detailed estimate for one-time or recurring service, contact ADSS today.



  • Lake, J., Weiner, L., Milstone, A., Saiman, L., Magill, S., & See, I. (2018). Pathogen Distribution and Antimicrobial Resistance Among Pediatric Healthcare-Associated Infections Reported to the National Healthcare Safety Network, 2011–2014. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 39(1), 1-11. doi:10.1017/ice.2017.236
  • Cordell, R., Pickering, L., Henderson, F. W., & Murph, J. (2004). Infectious Diseases in Childcare Settings. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 10(11), e9.
  • ADSS (2019). Nosocomial Infections: Mitigation with ADSS.