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What qualifications should we look for in a home daycare provider?

What qualifications should we look for in a home daycare provider?

Training: You should look for a provider that has infant and child CPR training as well as training in first aid. The provider should also have a license to operate a home day care and have good communication skills with children. ...Read more

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A parent has provided a mental health professional a falsified document from the daycare provider? What should I do?

A parent has provided a mental health professional a falsified document from the daycare provider? What should I do?

Falsified document?: I'm not sure what kind of "falsified document" you mean. Also you haven't mentioned your relationship to the person the document is about. If you're concerned about the safety of a minor, though, you can report it to child protective services in your area. If you're the other parent of the child in question, you can also advise the mental health professional of your concerns. ...Read more

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My daycare providers son tested positive for the flu on Tuesday, he took Tamiflu that same night. Wednesday his fever is gone. Are my children ok to go Thursday? They are 5, 2, and 2 months. We have had our flu shots, I was pregnant when I had mine.

My daycare providers son tested positive for the flu on Tuesday, he took Tamiflu that same night.  Wednesday his fever is gone.  Are my children ok to go Thursday?  They are 5, 2, and 2 months.  We have had our flu shots, I was pregnant when I had mine.

Troublesome issue: Those with flu are likely shedding the virus for a minimum of a week, whether or not they are on Tamiflu. There are flu strains circulating in the country that the vaccine will not prevent.I find it risky if the day care providers son is around your kids so soon. If he is not, there is less risk. ...Read more

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Is it a bad sign if our daycare center has a high teacher turnover rate?

Is it a bad sign if our daycare center has a high teacher turnover rate?

Yes: I think you may want to ask "why?" if there is a very high teacher turnover rate. Most child caregivers are warm, loving people who want to work in a pleasant environment where they get to know the children and their families over a steady period of time. It may be a red flag if you find there is not a consistent environment for them. Be sure to inquire about why. ...Read more

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I've had a bad cold for 2 months. Now i'm coughing up yellowish green mucus. Could this be pneumonia? My son had it last week. I work in his daycare.

I've had a bad cold for 2 months. Now i'm coughing up yellowish green mucus. Could this be pneumonia? My son had  it last week. I work in his daycare.

Maybe: It could be pneumonia, it could a sinus infection, it could be the end of the cold, or many other things. The presence of chills suggests a secondary bacterial infection. You will be sick every two-three weeks for many years working in day care until you acquire sufficient immunity to fight off these viruses. You may have had one virus after another. See your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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Can't find insurance provider in list? It's blue cross blue shield nj. Do i just pick another?

Can't find insurance provider in list? It's blue cross blue shield nj. Do i just pick another?

Just call around: Blue cross blue shield is a good insurance company and i would say that few if any doc/office not accepting it--my office certainly does. So, pick out a doc/office that is convenient for you and give them a buzz. I am sure they will be happy to add you as a new patient. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can we get more healthcare providers to list transgender as a sex option on health forms to make data analysis research on our community easier.

How can we get more healthcare providers to list transgender as a sex option on health forms to make data analysis research on our community easier.

Public policy change: Although gender non-conforming, trans* & people w/ intersex status have always existed, our society has stigmatized them by insisting on binary gender labels. Trans* persons have been forced 2 conform 2 these labels at the cost of their dignity & humanity. Public policy & healthcare have a long way 2 go 2 change this. Places like the UCSF Center 4 Exellence 4 Transgender Health are leading the way ...Read more

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Is it true that mental health occupational therapy is now obsolete and has been removed from the list of "mental health providers?"

Is it true that mental health occupational therapy is now obsolete and has been removed from the list of "mental health providers?"

Not true: Most of inpatient psychiatric unit as well as many partial hospital program has occupational therapist. Their role is significantly reduced in private practice area. ...Read more

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I need psychiatrist for my 33 years old son. He has no insurance and he is out of work. He is very depressed and has lost quite a bit of weight. Is there a list of providers in CT 06232 ? Does he need intervention?

I need psychiatrist for my 33 years old son. He has no insurance and he is out of work. He is very depressed and has lost quite a bit of weight. Is there a list of providers in CT 06232 ? Does he need intervention?

Affordable care: All states have a mental health center system to provide affordable care for those in need. Consult your local mental health center, or if you are close to a medical school with a department of psychiatry, you can get great affordable care. ...Read more

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