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Friend thinks she may have contracted herpes from a child at her childcare facility, is this possible?

Friend thinks she may have contracted herpes from a child at her childcare facility, is this possible?

Possibly: The strain matters here. Generally hsv i causes cold sores and mouth ulcers, and is common with children. Hsv ii is the genital variety, generally contracted through sex. However, both types can cause problems in the alternate areas, so it is possible to become infected through an atypical route like you describe. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be afraid of a particular childcare? Is it kids or adults or toys?

Is it possible to be afraid of a particular childcare? Is it kids or adults or toys?

All or none of above: It is possible for some one or more persons to be afraid of any one or more things, places, people, etc. The child's perception of the situation, of other's behavior, voice, words, actions can influence the child's choice of fear. How others perceive and choose to interact with the child also influence the child's choice of fear. Triggers of unrelated fear experiences may be there too. ...Read more

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Anxiety and stress help! it's becoming too much. Should I give up work and do fulltime childcare?

Anxiety and stress help! it's becoming too much. Should I give up work and do fulltime childcare?

Think twice.: Childcare work is not a sure escape for stress. Far from it. Indeed, for many, the lack of structure in home environment, plus the lack of clearly demarcated goals, limited interaction with adults, vague feedback re performance, & the never-ending nature of the "project", result in more anxiety. Try to find work that fits you, but be sure to develop the capacity to handle the stress inherent in life. ...Read more

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If a parent applies sunscreen before bringing their child to childcare, is it still effective if they do not go outside for another 3 or4 hours?

If a parent applies sunscreen before bringing their child to childcare, is it still effective if they do not go outside for another 3 or4 hours?

No: Unfortunately it needs to be reapplied at least every 2 hours. Your school should have a medication form you can fill out that will allow for the application of sunscreen. If they don't, have your doc write a note prescribing it for day use. They cannot deny use of a prescribed medication. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my occasional diarrhea is from working in childcare, or from an allergy of some sort. ?

How can I tell if my occasional diarrhea is from working in childcare, or from an allergy of some sort. ?

So as an: Adult, you been exposed to organism conveying you with protection to some. So the viruses or bacteria in an infected group would give similar symptoms to young ones. So probability you may have intolerance to certain food groups. (think gluten). ...Read more

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Is it lawful for someone to work in childcare after voluntarily admission to a mental hospital for stress disorder?

Is it lawful for someone to work in childcare after voluntarily admission to a mental hospital for stress disorder?

That depends: Having emotional issues does not automatic render someone as incapable of caring for children. However, one does require some degree of emotional stability. See what your contract says in regards to reporting requirements. ...Read more

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