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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.
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.
See below: I would talk with staff at local daycare centers in your area.
Can a 12 month old baby catch a cold sore virus from a daycare worker? If so, is it a major health problem? My 35 year old son is a border line "germ freak" so when he took his son, 12 months old, to their (excellent) daycare, my son pulled him out when h
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
? 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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 3 more doctor answers
Daycare : Nearly all daycare facilities do this.Get a more detailed answer ›
Feels sick: If he feels sick or if he has a fever, keep him home.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer