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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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My one year old always seems to be getting sick i have two older children that go to school they is he sick all the time because of germs brought home?

My one year old always seems to be getting sick i have two older children that go to school they is he sick all the time because of germs brought home?

You are correct: Older siblings can bring home germs which will affect your one year old and the older kids may have antibody to the virus and not be sick. Make sure your one year old is eating properly and sleeping properly. Routine infections as long as they are not serious, will strengthen your one year old's immune system. Discuss further with your pediatrician, ...Read more

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How do children get mono and is it contageous? My son is 6 and going to be 7 in a few months. He goes to public school in hawaii

How do children get mono and is it contageous? My son is 6 and going to be 7 in a few months.  
He goes to public school in hawaii

Infectious : Infectious mono is a viral illness caused by the epstein barr virus (ebv). It is spread primarily through saliva which is why it is also known as the "kissing disease", but can also be spread through sharing eating utensils. Even among people who catch ebv, many are not symptomatic, so special precautions (such as no kissing) are not needed. 95% of adults aged 35-40 have been exposed to it at some point and have immunity to it - at least 50% of them had no symptoms of mono. I attached a link to the page on ebv from the center for disease control with more information. ...Read more

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My husband has hay fever and our first two kids suffer from it. What can I do to avoid this happening to the baby in my womb?

My husband has hay fever and our first two kids suffer from it. What can I do to avoid this happening to the baby in my womb?

Nothing: Allergy or hay fever depends on two things: genetics and environment. You cannot change the genetics of you baby and there is no evidence that the foods you eat will impact whether or not you baby will have allergies. There is evidence that reducing dust, mold and pollen in the home will reduce the chance of developing allergies to these items so keep the air in your home clean. ...Read more

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Gastroenteritis infected my whole family in less than a week. Is it possible for my children to catch it again from me now that I'm ill too?

Gastroenteritis infected my whole family in less than a week. Is it possible for my children to catch it again from me now that I'm ill too?

Not likely: Part of the recovery is for your body to make antibodies that are protective against reinfection . Unless the kids have some type of immune deficiencies, they should be making these protective antibodies. Still would practice good handwashing and not give good-night kisses until everyone is better ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 5-year-old to still have all of their baby teeth?

Is it normal for a 5-year-old to still have all of their baby teeth?

Baby teeth: Most kids will loose their first baby tooth between 5 and 6 years old so your child sounds normal. If your child has not seen a dentist yet, now is the time. ...Read more

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Girl at work's kids have dengue fever from being overseas. Is it possible to get it if only had contact with the mother? She doesn't seem to be sick

Girl at work's kids have dengue fever from being overseas. Is it possible to get it if only had contact with the mother? She doesn't seem to be sick

No: you need a vector, a mosquito, to transmit the virus, casual contact doesn't transmit it, you need to visit an endemic area to catch the disease. Check this link for more info: http://www.cdc.gov/dengue/epidemiology/ ...Read more

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If my child and I got exposed to strep throat in the daycare, how likely are we to get it within a week?

If my child and I got exposed to strep throat in the daycare, how likely are we to get it within a week?

50/50: Strep is very contagious and the time period from exposure to getting the illness is between 3-7 days and sometimes a little longer. But exposure does not mean he will get it. ...Read more

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Is it normal for an 18 yrs old to still have most the of his baby teeth?

Is it normal for an 18 yrs old to still have most the of his baby teeth?

Most, No: It is not normal to have mostly baby teeth at that age, but it is very common for them to have some baby teeth. You need to see a dentist to determine which ones are baby teeth and which ones may still have permanant teeth to replace them. Most baby teeth are lost before age 14. ...Read more

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I am considering a daycare for my daughter that accepts children who aren't vaccinated. My child is up to date on all shots. Would she be fine in this environment?

I am considering a daycare for my daughter that accepts children who aren't vaccinated. My child is up to date on all shots. Would she be fine in this environment?

No; get the vaccines: Since modern vaccines have been available, hundreds of thousands of children have been saved by vaccines. Everything in life has its risks, but the risk in a vaccine is miniscule compared to the risk of the bad diseases. So, to live together equitably in our society, every child takes the miniscule risks of vaccines, and every child has an equal opportunity to enjoy a healthy life. ...Read more

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Generally, how long is ear surgery in children? Our daughter was born with prominent ears. She is four now and we would like to have them corrected before she starts school so she won't have to face the ridicule of other kids. I'm concerned about her bein

Generally, how long is ear surgery in children? Our daughter was born with prominent ears. She is four now and we would like to have them corrected before she starts school so she won't have to face the ridicule of other kids. I'm concerned about her bein

Safe surgery - 2 hrs: Preschool age is a common timing for ear setback or otoplasty procedures. It can be done in a younger or older child but the type of the procedure performed is different.The procedure takes about 2 hours and is under a general anesthetic. Children tolerate the procedure well and are extremely happy and more importantly do not face the ridicule of other kids. ...Read more

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When are children supposed to start losing their baby teeth? My son is six and has yet to have any teeth even become loose. Is this something to be concerned about? .

When are children supposed to start losing their baby teeth? My son is six and has yet to have any teeth even become loose. Is this something to be concerned about?


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I : I would not be concerned because some of my patients do not lose teeth until seven and it will usually be the lower front central incisors. Some children will start exfoliating teeth at age four or five. I find that the children that are late with the eruption of their baby teeth seem to show the same pattern with the eruption of the permanent teeth. There is a year or two fluctuation with the eruption scheme of the permanent teeth. Also around this time the six year molars will start to erupt but again they may not start till seven. These teeth do not replace baby teeth and they erupt way in the back of the mouth. This is why it is important to have a dental exam and a panoramic x-ray at age six to check for proper growth and developement. This x-ray allows one to see all the teeth growing in the mouth. It is not uncommon to have baby teeth until the age of 12 and sometimes 13. There are genetic components involved meaning if the parents got there teeth in late usually we see the same trend with their children. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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My child is behind on several vaccines. Is it ok for him to get 6 at once to catch up?

My child is behind on several vaccines. Is it ok for him to get 6 at once to catch up?

Yes: The number of vaccines given together do not increase the adverse effects and, in some situations, vaccines may complement each other, giving better immunity. Overall, the amount of immune material in the vaccines is less than your child is exposed to in day at school! it is best to get the vaccines on time, but when necessary, several can be given at once to catch up. ...Read more

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If my brothers family has been sick this week and we are supposed to visit this weekend how likely are my children to catch their colds?

If my brothers family has been sick this week and we are supposed to visit this weekend how likely are my children to catch their colds?

Contagious: Fairly likely. Viral illnesses are highly contagious. Not sure how old your kids are but I would expect the kids may catch the illness, so base your decision on that. ...Read more

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Why do babies go to a separate place when being born for shots?Nd is not because the mother can't handle it when a few weeks u watch your baby get shots

Why do babies go to a separate place when being born for shots?Nd is not because the mother can't handle it when a few weeks u watch your baby get shots

No good reason: Your pediatrician may prefer to examine and treat the baby elsewhere. But, you are the mother! if you don't want the baby to leave you to get shots, you have every right to tell them that you want your baby to stay with you. Having surgery, or having to go to the intensive care unit is really the only reason your baby would need to leave your side. ...Read more

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I have a 6 day old infant, when is the best time to walk them outside to get some sun? concerned that her immune system is still too low...

I have a 6 day old infant, when is the best time to walk them outside to get some sun? concerned that her immune system is still too low...

Sun times: The best times are usually early to mid-morning or later in the evening. The sun is a good source of vitamin d and the walking is good exercise. Good health. ...Read more

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Is it common for a child to make no sence in what they are saying when Ill? My son is poorly and burning up he's acting out of character

Is it common for a child to make no sence in what they are saying when Ill? My son is poorly and burning up he's acting out of character

Sick: You need to have your child seen right away. He has a fever and is not acting himself. He could have a serious infection. Give him fever medication on the way to the ER. I hope he feels better soon. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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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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I was told today there is a child in my 2 yrs old daycare group whose brother has chicken pox. How likely it is for my toddler to get chicken pox?

I was told today there is a child in my 2 yrs old daycare group whose brother has chicken pox. How likely it is for my toddler to get chicken pox?

Chicken pox: Not very. Especially if your child received the chicken pox vaccine. Even without, the liklihood of the illness being transmitted to your child through a classmates brother is very very low. ...Read more

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If my child and I got exposed to strep throat in the daycare, how likely are we to get it within a week?

50/50: Strep is very contagious and the time period from exposure to getting the illness is between 3-7 days and sometimes a little longer. But exposure does not mean he will get it. ...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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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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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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What should be done at a daycare if head lice is found on a child?

What should be done at a daycare if head lice is found on a child?

Send the infested...: ...Child home immediately, with instructions to parents to have him/her treated asap. Arrange for the rest of the kids to be screened as soon as possible by someone who knows what to look for. Send home all pillows, sleeping pads, etc. To be laundered. Ask all parents to inspect their kids' heads daily for any signs of nits for the next couple of weeks. ...Read more

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Should parents inform the school and daycare that their child has lice?

Should parents inform the school and daycare that their child has lice?

YES!!: Absolutely. Lice is very contagious and all children who had contact with the infected child should also be examined. ...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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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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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