Hygiene of Toys in Day Care Centers: a Care With Children

  • Evelise Pires Cogo Simão
  • Rafaela Aparecida Prata
  • Denise Cássia Moreira Zornoff
  • Ione Corrêa


Objective: to investigate how the hygiene of the toys used in day care centers and the possible tendencies in the processes are done.

Method: descriptive, cross-sectional study, having as a unit of observation 51 day care centers. The object of investigation was the toy hygiene procedure, in which the information on the variables was obtained by interview and recorded in an online questionnaire.

Results: It was observed that water and soap was the most used method of hygiene (72.5%) and the periodicity of cleaning was 2 times a month or more in 50% of the units interviewed, and six nurseries declared no Such procedure.

Conclusion: there was no standardized procedures in the toy hygiene technique used in the sample of nurseries studied. Although most institutions demonstrate intent to carry out the toy hygiene procedure, it is necessary to equip practitioners to deal with this issue.

Descriptors: Day Care Centers; Fomites; Disinfection; Play Sets and Toys; Nursing.

Mar 14, 2017
How to Cite
PIRES COGO SIMÃO, Evelise et al. Hygiene of Toys in Day Care Centers: a Care With Children. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 10, mar. 2017. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <http://imedicalsociety.org/ojs/index.php/iam/article/view/2411>. Date accessed: 29 may 2017. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3823/2334.