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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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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