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What can I do to prevent getting sick frequently while working in a daycare center?

What can I do to prevent getting sick frequently while working in a daycare center?

Getting sick: You can decrease the incidence of illness by washing your hands frequently especially after any contact with children when changing their diapers or wiping their noses. Also, keeping surfaces and toys wiped down with disinfectant wipes will help as well. Lastly, eat healthy and get an appropriate amount of sleep.

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Ive had 2 swollen nodes since 2015. I began working at a daycare back then and had over 12 recurrent strep throat ever since. I thought the lymph nodes were due to so many strep throats but I havent had any ST since 2/17 and are still there.

Ive had 2 swollen nodes since 2015. I began working at a daycare back then and had over 12 recurrent strep throat ever since. I thought the lymph nodes were due to so many strep throats but I havent had any ST since 2/17 and are still there.

Swollen nodes : In some patients the lymph nodes may remain enlarged due to inflammation but no infection. If they remain swollen, I recommend seeing a rheumatologist. I would be happy to do a consult if needed.

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To be a certified daycare worker what checks and skills are needed?

To be a certified daycare worker what checks and skills are needed?

See below: I would talk with staff at local daycare centers in your area.

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Do most daycares provide diapers and food?

Do most daycares provide diapers and food?

No: Well, yes and no. Most daycares will feed your baby the milk (breastmilk or formula) that you prefer for your baby to consume. As the child gets older, meals such as breakfast, lunch and snacks may be provided by the daycare. Diapers are often items that parents provide specifically for their own children as individual babies may respond differently to different diaper types and brands.

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Should I try and find a daycare closer to home?

Should I try and find a daycare closer to home?

See below: I am not certain why you are asking this. If you are happy, with your daycare, then no. However, if it is inconvenient, or you are unhappy, then yes.

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Under what circumstances should I change daycare?

Under what circumstances should I change daycare?

When you've concerns: You need to feel fully comfortable that the people with whom you're entrusting your most precious "gift" and know that they are fully capable and qualified to watch over them. If you have any question about the care, the safety, the exposures, or any suspected risks, you should wonder. Smoky smells, poor hygiene/diaper care, irritability, poor responses to daycare providers should raise red flags.

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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.

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Could children be allowed to go to daycare with dryscabs?

Could children be allowed to go to daycare with dryscabs?

Usually: It depends on the daycare's rules, but usually closed lesions which are not open or bleeding are not particularly contagious to others. If there is a concern, or your child is likely to pick at them, put a band-aid on to keep them clean.

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What are some good tips for transitioning my baby to daycare?

What are some good tips for transitioning my baby to daycare?

Practice with others: If you are the main caregiver, it is wise to allow your baby to spend some time with other people (a grandparent or friend). This will help to ease the transition to his/her care with a less familiar individual. Also, if you are breast feeding, be sure to slowly introduce your baby to taking a bottle for ease of transitioning to bottle feeding well before your baby will leave the home.

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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.

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Does daycare attendance influence the number of colds a child gets?

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.

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How do I know if a home-based daycare has been reported for any issues?

? Licensed ?: If a daycare is licensed, this is done by the state you live in, and their business licensing division would the information about any complaints or violations. However, if this is just a mom taking a few kids in her home and is not licensed, there is not one good place to check. Ask for references from previous clients and then actually call those people and ask if they had or heard of concerns.

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Is it more important to pick a daycare closer to home or closer to work?

No: It is more important to pick a daycare that is reputible, has trained personnel, and provides a safe nurturing environment for the child. Convenience, price and such factors are important, but secondary when decisions are made.

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Should I feel guilty about going back to work and leaving my baby at the daycare?

Should I feel guilty about going back to work and leaving my baby at the daycare?

We all do...: We all feel guilty when we leave our babies and must return to work, but you should not! we work in order to provide for our kids and give them diverse opportunities. Keep these things in mind. You are not a "bad" mom because you work and your baby is in day care. Make the most of your time at home with him and if you find working full time unbearable, see if your company offers flex scheduling.

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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.

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Is there a daycare for childeren with diabetes?

Is there a daycare for childeren with diabetes?

Yes and no: Not specificaly for diabetes, but most children's hospitals will have a list of daycare that are willing to take care of kids with chronic illnesses. There are guideliness for care published in diabetes care journal for daycares that are willing to take care of diabetic children.

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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.

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