Because of their unique anatomical, physiological and developmental characteristics, children need special considerations during decontamination including:
Warm water (between 98°F - 110°F or 36.6° C - 43.3° C) to prevent hypothermia
Low pressure/high volume
Soft bristle brushes
Safe method of transport through the decon shower without being carried (to prevent injury risk)
Process to keep families together
Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Caring for Children During Disasters: Decontamination educational module This educational module builds on existing knowledge regarding general decontamination procedures and outlines specific pediatric components that should be incorporated into decontamination plans in order to address the needs of children.
Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Pediatric Decontamination Checklist This checklist is designed to assist with decontamination planning and response to ensure the needs of children are met prior to, during, and after undergoing decontamination. Click here to access this checklist in a fillable format.