(HealthDay News) -- The last place you should fear getting sick is in a doctor's waiting room.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its guidelines for pediatricians to prevent the spread of germs.
The group says all pediatric medical offices should:
- Equip waiting rooms with alcohol-based hand sanitizers and masks.
- Put up visual reminders for kids and caregivers to cover mouths with elbows instead of hands when sneezing.
- Avoid filling waiting rooms with plush toys that are difficult to clean and may be prime breeding grounds for germs.
- Encourage kids to bring their own toys or books from home.