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How To Avoid Getting Sick In Daycare
I am in a family with 3 sick people and I don't want to get sick. How can I avoid getting the virus?
Handwashing: Most infections (80-85%) are passed through hand-to-hand contact. Washing your hand frequently in warm soapy water will significantly reduce your chances of an infection. Other things to do include not sharing utensils, cups, toothpaste, hand towels, etc. Having those who are ill to cover his mouth when ever sneezing or coughing will help. ...Read more
I get the fly or colds very often, how can I strengthen my immune system or avoid getting sick so much?
Vitamin/sleep/food: There are many causes that people get recurrent infections. Check with your doctor to make sure you do not have diabetes or another condition that can make you susceptible to infections. If not then eating a healthy diet, doing regular exercise, drinking water and getting plenty of rest are the best things to boost your immune system. A multivitamin daily could be helpful. Wash hands often. ...Read more
How do I avoid getting sick from the AC? I always get sore throats that leads to colds from the AC in this very hot weather.
Pesky summer colds: Well, I believe air conditioning may only be partially to blame for your summer sore throat. Possibly the air conditioning dries out the air even more and causes throat irritation. Allergies are often more active in summer contributing to post-nasal drip and throat irritation, even sneezing and cold-like symptoms. Viruses causing sore throat circulate all year. Keep air humidified, wash hands. ...Read more
Yes: For the first 6 months of daycare, children do tend to catch many colds. It's inevitable and yes, a normal part of being in daycare. It is merely a function of being exposed to many other children who will unknowingly spread viruses before they become sick themselves. Be proactive by making sure your baby is eating and sleeping well and is up to date on all his immunizations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I work at a daycare and constantly get sick. Know any good ways to go about boosting my immune system?
Vitamin D: According to an increasing number of studies, people with adequate vitamin d levels are less likely to get colds, the flu, etc.. Echinacea, zinc lozenges, and elderberry extract can all be useful to shorten the duration and intensity of a cold if taken regularly within the first 24 hours of symptoms. Agree with good hand washing and keeping them away from your face, and with getting flu shot. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can you only get meningitis if the person you're around has it? Two kids sneezed in my face/around me at daycare but hes not sick..Should i worry?
Many other ways: Meningitis can be caused by infections transmitted by human contact (eg. Meningococcal or pneumococcal meningitis), others can be spread by mosquitoes (eg. West nile, eastern equine encephalitis), or are the result of the reactivation of an past infection (like herpes meningitis). Unless you start to get a fever, headache and neck stiffness or pain when you nod your head, don't worry. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I would like to know the temperature that would be dangerous for my grandchild in daycare that is 2 years old for outdoor play. On friday the 13th of january the temperature was 30 or under with strong wind gusts. She does get sick easily.
Many : Many people believe that cold air/weather causes illness, but that is not true. Germs cause illness and the reason why people tend to be sicker in the winter is because they are cooped up inside with other people spreading germs. Going outside and breathing fresh, non-germy air is good for most people. That being said, you don't want children to spend a prolonged period outside in frigid temperatures. Since it is healthy for kids to play outside even when the temperature is cool, many daycares and preschools will allow children to play outside as long as the temperatures are above 30f and the children have proper clothing. It is important that aprents and caregivers make sure each child is appropriately dressed for the activities they will be participating in. If you are concerned, you should call your grandchild's daycare to ask about their weather policy. ...Read more
Probably yes: A child who is exposed to diarrhea at daycare, will probably get sick because kids at daycare tend to pass germs to one another every day. If the child has protection against the diarrhea, either from having a vaccine (against that exact germ), or from having had the diarrhea illness (caused by the same exact germ) in the past, then the child may get just a mild illness or no illness at all. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: It is difficult not to be exposed to the same thing causing illness in someone you live with. Of course not all disease is infective but many conditions are spread by contact so regular hand washing and disinfection can help. Part of mutual caregiving is to, unfortunately, expose yourself to the sufferer. ...Read more
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