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Keep hands clean.

Regular hand-washing
dramatically reduces the passing of respiratory and gastrointestinal illness, so get your kids in the (or using a hand sanitizer) when they leave preschool or day care, after every playdate, and before they eat. Teach kids to sing "Happy Birthday" to themselves twice before rinsing -- scrubbing for 15-20 seconds is key.

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