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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?

Yes: Most day cares do provide diapers and many provide food for toddlers (usually at an extra price). Every day care is different, so it's best to have this as one of the questions that you ask when investigating which day care facility to choose. ...Read more

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Is it too late to start a routine for baby at 7 weeks old? I'm consistent with feedings but fail at everything else. She starts daycare next week.

Is it too late to start a routine for baby at 7 weeks old? I'm consistent with feedings but fail at everything else. She starts daycare next week.

Fail?: I am not sure what you mean by "fail". it is almost impossible to put a baby that young on a set schedule. Roll with the changes, don't stress and enjoy the smiles. If the daycare you have chosen is rigid, rethink your choice. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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