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What is the typical day care illness in the first year. My son has been sick since day care 10 mo-18 mo. Typical or poor hygiene?
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David Miller
Family Medicine
9 doctors agree
In brief: Fairly typical
Kids in day care can have a new cold every month.
Ultimately this is a good thing (so long as they're otherwise healthy) as the broad exposure to different viruses and "germs" helps their immune system to develop as it should - robust and able to handle lots of stuff later on. Kids who are raised in "sterile" surroundings often end up having problems like asthma and lots of allergies.

In brief: Fairly typical
Kids in day care can have a new cold every month.
Ultimately this is a good thing (so long as they're otherwise healthy) as the broad exposure to different viruses and "germs" helps their immune system to develop as it should - robust and able to handle lots of stuff later on. Kids who are raised in "sterile" surroundings often end up having problems like asthma and lots of allergies.
David Miller
David Miller
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Dr. Alan Levine
your son is paying his dues for not having been exposed to these organisms. The number of illnesses will decrease as he gets older.
3 doctors agree
In brief: Many!
When babies first start day care after being at home all their life, they are exposed to viruses and bacteria their bodies have never encountered, their immune systems have to build up their defenses and in the first months they seem to catch everything that is going around in the center. It subsides in a couple of months.
If kids change rooms it starts over sometimes. For sure check cleanliness.

In brief: Many!
When babies first start day care after being at home all their life, they are exposed to viruses and bacteria their bodies have never encountered, their immune systems have to build up their defenses and in the first months they seem to catch everything that is going around in the center. It subsides in a couple of months.
If kids change rooms it starts over sometimes. For sure check cleanliness.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Typical
Day care syndrome.
The more exposures at a young age the more likely you are to get many infections. Most babies will have 6-12 infections per year. Most will be minor and most are during the winter months.

In brief: Typical
Day care syndrome.
The more exposures at a young age the more likely you are to get many infections. Most babies will have 6-12 infections per year. Most will be minor and most are during the winter months.
Dr. Barry Bergman
Dr. Barry Bergman
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
The average young child is ill 100-150 days per year
Dr. Lee Perry
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Very common
It is very common for small children to get several "colds" (upper respiratory tract infections) once they are started at daycare.

In brief: Very common
It is very common for small children to get several "colds" (upper respiratory tract infections) once they are started at daycare.
Dr. Lee Perry
Dr. Lee Perry
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