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Is it okay for me to send my child to daycare with a low fever?

Is it okay for me to send my child to daycare with a low fever?

Fever: Fever is a reason to keep a child out of daycare so that infection is not spread to others. Low grade fever is not harmful to the child with the fever, it in fact, is a way the body has to help fight infection. ...Read more

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My toddler was bitten on her face by another child at daycare. The bite broke the skin. Should i take her to the doctor?

My toddler was bitten on her face by another child at daycare. The bite broke the skin.  Should i take her to the doctor?

Good idea: It may not require any treatment but humans do have bacteria in their mouths and the wound may need a good cleaning and antibiotics. Better safe than sorry. ...Read more

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Is staying at home with a parent safer for a child's health than daycare?

Is staying at home with a parent safer for a child's health than daycare?

Yes: Being exposed to germs is healthy for one's immune system but one cannot argue that it is healthier for a child's emotional health to be at home with the mother. However, with the current child neglect epidemic going on where parents are putting their children at risk by refusing important vaccines, actually puts your child in outright danger. ...Read more

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A child in my daycare had mrsa, how long should we wait before letting her come back to join the daycare?

A child in my daycare had mrsa, how long should we wait before letting her come back to join the daycare?

Finish treatment: Once antibiotics have been started, there is substantial evidence that the infection is no longer contagious; but just to be sure, it's best to wait until the course of antibiotics is completed and your doctor confirms that the infection is completely resolved. ...Read more

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Can I prevent my child from getting sick in daycare?

Can I prevent my child from getting sick in daycare?

No: Sick children around other children = more sick children. No sugar coating it really - having lots of kids around each other means that germs are spread like wild fire. Keeping healthy and eating well with plenty of rest helps to some extent, but getting illness causing germs in an young child will equal more illness. No real way around that. ...Read more

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When is a child able to return to daycare if he caught hand, foot, and mouth disease?

When is a child able to return to daycare if he caught hand, foot, and mouth disease?

2 days: Hand foot and mouth is a viral illness often without fever. Since there is no fever to help decide about the contagious period usually a few days after the start of the rash is sufficient enough time to allow the child to return to normal activity. ...Read more

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How do daycare and homecare affect a child's development?

How do daycare and homecare affect a child's development?

Daycare: Both daycare and homecare can be great experiences for a child. Most important is that a child have a safe, comforting and stimulating environment where his or her needs are communicated and receive responses. Look for more adults to the number of children served so that each child can receive more individual time and attention. Look for age appropriate toys and books. ...Read more

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Does daycare attendance influence the number of colds a child gets?

Yes: Daycare is a great way to build up your child's immune system by exposing him to lots of different viruses. All kids get sick, but kids who go to daycare do tend to get more colds. But don't despair, good daycares are also a fun place to play, socialize with other kids, and enjoy toys you don't have at home. ...Read more

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How do I stop my child from biting other kids at daycare?

How do I stop my child from biting other kids at daycare?

Time outs: Every time your child bites, he should immediately and consistently be put in timeout. ...Read more

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