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Is it normal for my baby to get sick from other kids in daycare?

Is it normal for my baby to get sick from other kids in daycare?

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 more

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At my babies daycare they found a bat at night. The owners got the bat and killed it. Could they get rabies and give it to my daughter?

At my babies daycare they found a bat at night. The owners got the bat and killed it. Could they get rabies and give it to my daughter?

Rabies: Bats are one of the most common sources of rabies. If your child got bit by the bat they should be seen by their doctor as soon as possible. If someone at the daycare got bit they also need to seek medical attention but it has only passed person to person with transplants so unless your child got bit directly you don't have to worry about it. ...Read more

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I work in a daycare with babies. Do I have to tell my manager I am taking antidepressants?

I work in a daycare with babies. Do I have to tell my manager I am taking antidepressants?

Probably Not: This depends on the laws in your state and the licensing of yourself and the daycare. The job application that you filled out may also be pertinent. If you have been on medication, and stable for 6 months this is less critical on a personal level, but the laws in your state will control this. ...Read more

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Toddler's daycare administered infant tylenol (acetaminophen) without my consent. Is the drug safe?

Toddler's daycare administered infant tylenol (acetaminophen) without my consent. Is the drug safe?

Yes,at proper doses: This med has been around for at lease 5 decades that I know of and is well tolerated by infants. The proper dos for size is well studied and on most produces.Like any good medicine, it is strong enough to do good, but used wrong, can do harm. ...Read more

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My child was exposed to diarrhea at daycare; will she get sick?

My child was exposed to diarrhea at daycare; will she get sick?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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Is it true that kids attending daycare are sick more often than those who are not?

Is it true that kids attending daycare are sick more often than those who are not?

Yes: Yes, of course. Part of growing up is getting sick. The immune system actually depends on it. It works on memory, so getting sick helps prime it for the future. Thus, kids are sick very often and lots of kids around lots of sick kids equals all those kids passing illness around on a consistent basis. However, this is all part of growing up and those who dont get sick now will at school age. ...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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Does a non-immunized baby in the daycare pose a risk to my child?

Does a non-immunized baby in the daycare pose a risk to my child?

Potentially: As long as we have international air travel and illegal immigration, we are exposed occasionally to vaccine preventable diseases. At the market, eating out, at school, they can bring it to your community and not have symptoms. Any unimmunized kid is at high risk to get and pass these diseases. I never let them in my practice for 30+ years and encourage parents to avoid them. ...Read more

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