Day care colds

Liz - posted on 10/31/2011 ( 27 moms have responded )

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I know it's inevitable, but ever since my daughter started going to daycare five months ago, the whole family has been suffering with colds permanently. As soon as we get better from one, she brings another one home and we all start again!

Recently she had a double ear infection and bronchiolitis, got better and was healthy for a week and now has an ear infection again. :( Meanwhile I got sinusitis from the same latest bug.

I'm sure that loads of other parents have been in the same boat, as this is part and parcel of what happens when youngsters start socialising. I'm interested to know, though, how long this phase tends to last?

I am expecting her to bring home bugs as long as she's in any kind of schooling. It's just this really intensive phase of _always_ having a cold that I'm curious about!

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Jill - posted on 11/03/2011

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we experienced the same thing but i ran a daycare in my home. although we had an old farmhouse with fuel heating, that didnt help with constantly being sick. but here's what i found out that really worked for us:

dont use lysol spray. apparently, the chemicals in that spray can make you sick. it's a surface disinfectant, not an air sanitizer. i quit using it all together.

check your diets. are you eating enough fruit and vegetables? lots of water? orange juice? getting plenty of rest? keeping stress at bay? all those will contribute as well. there is a gummy bear vitamin by lil' critters that boosts up vitamin c, echinecea and zinc. my kids love those and my husband and i take them too. flintstone vitamins also have an extra vitamin c multivitamin.

when you pick your daughter up at daycare, go straight to the bathroom and wash her hands with soap and water before you leave. then wash them again when you get home. consider changing her clothes as well. dont let her take anything to daycare that cant be thrown into the washer machine. if you pack a lunch for her, throw the lunchbox in the dishwasher ocassionally or the laundry as well.

i've recently read that people who use hand sanitizer on a regular basis tended to get sick more often than people who dont. teach your daughter to wash her hands with soap and water before eating instead of using the hand sanitizer.

you're right, daycares have a way of making you sick but the most important thing is not to stress over it. every time a child came over to my house sick when i babysat, i'd run around the house and sanitized everything and tried to keep that child away from the other kids, limit the toys they played with, on and on. that just made us all get sicker! hang in there. your daughter is building up an immunity and i'm sure it will pass this winter. i know that doesnt make things any better for you, but with her getting sick so often now, maybe she wont get sick quite as much next winter if she's still going to daycare. ***sending you many healthy vibes your way!!! ***

Tabitha - posted on 11/02/2011

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OMGosh you have to try "Guardian" it is an immune builder. I have 5 kids and they rarely get sick since we started them on it and if they do get sick then I give them "Reaction" and they dont get very sick at all. I got my friends little girl on "Guardain" and it kept her out of the hospital and she had been in and out of the hospital most of her life..... If you want to chat with me more about this then message me www.facebook.com/911askamom that is my site just "LIKE" it and we can chat. I hope this helps. Oh and there is a way that you can sign up to be part of the club and get it at cost... Thats what I did.

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We give our children Elderberry (buy it at a natural/organic store) when they are sick, you can also take it on a daily basis to boost your immune. Be careful because it stains, but taste good.

Jennifer - posted on 11/05/2011

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Nope. As a former daycare floater it gets better. Kids can get up to SEVEN colds a year and some running back to back. That paired with cold weather and other year round illnesses it's going to happen. But like said it gets better. Your daughter's immune system hasn't had to deal with numerous illness by different kids all at once and so she's going to get hit and pass it around. Once her immune system gets used to things it will ease up. We had a boy that was new to daycare. He had a cold all winter long and went from boncitis to ear infections to colds to stomach bugs... it was BAD! But once summer hit it all eased up and the following winter he got a cold a cough and a few ear infections but that was it. My son is also facing the same, he started daycare while at church on sunday and sure enough colds, coughs, bugs, pink eye...oi....o_O we're battling a cough now and he passed it to us of course. Give it time mama....it gets better. Stock up on the cold remedies if I were you (some immune boosting suppliments can't hurt either)

Candice - posted on 11/02/2011

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I would like to say as someone who has worked at a child care center(since I was 18-now 26) I was sick All the time while I worked at a Center, until I got my flu shot...I know it is different for children, but speaking from my own experience I was sick every month for a week, and I was made to go to work...With Children!! I hated that! And the worst thing was that some parents did not care, they were actually mad that I missed days, because I was sick. I take my own children for the flu shot, because I am starting a Dayhome, I don't want to pass it on, if your shild is old enough to know to wash their hands and don't rub their eyes(Big One) then that will stop half of it,
While it is normal to get some bugs...it is not normal for the whole family to be sick All the time...

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Liz - posted on 01/15/2012

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Oh our daycare is fantastic about their cleaning regime. They couldn't be better on all counts, to be honest.



It actually turned out that my daughter has asthma and this has been getting triggered with each cold, so the symptoms we were seeing were not always a new cold, but a prolonged exacerbation.



She now has twice daily pulmicort inhaled by nebuliser as well as albuterol as and when she needs it. Seems to be helping a great deal, as is the fact that our new house has no carpet but hardwood floor throughout.

Nikki - posted on 01/14/2012

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ask your day care how often they clean and disinfect as well as clean the carpets and strip the floors day cares. are required to meet cleaning methods. i have worked in the field for 15 years and i know for a fact most don't sanitize toys properly or quarterly do carpet cleaning those two things right there are so important.



As a parent you have the right to look at that information and should be given access to who cleans and how often. Legally day cares according to state license has to keep a record of cleaning.



we had trouble at my center a few months back and found out the cleaning wasn't getting done right and that is why most kids were getting sick and then not better cause the problem wasn't solved.

Liz - posted on 11/05/2011

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Thank you. It's good to have hope that there'll be a light at the end of the tunnel!

Liz - posted on 11/03/2011

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Thank you, ladies. :)

Jill, thanks. You have some very valid and useful points there. We're getting ready to move house and parts of the process have been quite stressful, plus some family tensions going on with my father in law (too long a story). Hopefully, come December after we actually move, life will get much easier, nicer and less stressful!

Ann - posted on 11/02/2011

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the thing is that some parents will not either call the school an say my child is sick or has any thing wrong an thats how it keeps going back an forth an i have seen some teachers that will not tell a parent if they see a child coughing snezzing or scratching there head

Pamela - posted on 11/02/2011

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Check with the day care center and see what their cleaning policy is with the chairs, tables and toys. When I was a kindergarten teacher I cleaned all of the chairs, tables and shared toys once a week with Clorox to kill the germs.

If your day care center does not clean their equipment regularly, suggest that they do. Buy a bottle of Lysol cleaner and a sponge and donate it to them asking that they use it regularly.

I can attest to the fact that fewer colds were shared in my kindergarten class when I took those precautions.

Joy - posted on 11/02/2011

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I have worked in Day Care for over 25 years. The bad news is your child will get everything until they build up their imunities. The good news is once they do that they are rarely out! The same thing happened to my daughter when she started as an infant. It seemed like she got everything. She is 22 months now and she is rarely sick now.

Katie - posted on 11/02/2011

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Mine had them for the first 6 mths each time they changed schools....it gets better I PROMISE, but I remember that frustration. it will be hard to tell what is caught becuase of the daycare, and what is just the cold season now because of the weather being colder, but during the spring you should see a significant difference. If you don't, it might be the daycares cleaning or admittencepractices that's helping to spread it. just something to think about :) good luck

Amy - posted on 11/02/2011

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I swear by vitamin D3!! It is a real immune system booster! Also danactive makes a yummy little shake in many flavors that contains probiotics. :)

~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/02/2011

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Oh, I have tried airborn vs Emergency, emergency works better I think, tastes better, and is not as expensive per dose.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/02/2011

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When my son started pre school last year, I got sick 6 times in 6 weeks....from colds, ear infection that ruptured my ear drum, flu...and I have chronic bronchitis. Before that six week stretch, I was able to last 1 week between colds/flu.

I have heard by their second year of school, immunity has been built. He was sick alot, but not nearly as much as I was...I catch everything.

I give him Vit C and D, make sure he is eating healthy...lots of broccoli and other veggies...I just try the best that I can. I also give him kids E-mergency to keep his immunity strong. We all got the flu shot this year, and already it has cut our sickness in half....and anything we are getting is not nearly as bad. Good luck, it sucks.

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My doctor told me to expect about 10 to 12 colds/viruses the first year of school. that is about one a month and with the healing time - it is just about a constant illness. It is their body getting use to the outside germs. It doesn't matter what age they go to school - it will happen. It is perfectly normal.

Liz - posted on 11/02/2011

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That's half of my trouble, Clair, because I'm new to the country after emigrating from the UK, so the round of bugs here are ones I'm not immune to either! I guess I'll just have to do what I can (e.g. Airborne) and then sit tight for the ride!

Clair - posted on 11/02/2011

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When my eldest started nursery, I had all manner of colds and flu bugs thanks to the bugs she brought home with her. However, by the time she started school at 5 we were pretty much immune to everything. Its not very often that my daughter is ill, and neither are we. Since having my son, who is now 3, I have found that we haven't had the same bugs and colds that my daughter brought home. Maybe we are already immune?

Liz - posted on 10/31/2011

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Do you mean the dietary supplement? I was wondering about that because of the large amount of vitamin A.

Katherine - posted on 10/31/2011

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Yep, they bring home all kinds of stuff. Try airborne. It's supposed to work for sickness.

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