How to deal with daycare and germs

Maggie - posted on 06/02/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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We recently put our toddler in daycare and he loves it and has learned so much, but has been sick pretty much since he started. How long does it take to build up immunities to all the germs? I hate to take him out because he is learning so much and thoroughly enjoys going, but I am sick of going to the doctor weekly. Any suggestions?

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Jessi - posted on 06/03/2010

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um it may take a little bit or maybe consider changing facilities?

it really drives me nuts when i see parents who wont let their child touch something & when they do they make them wash their hands & use hand sanitizer but can't figure out why their child is always sick.

i have an issue with my son's daycare b/c they are constantly sending him home sick when he's not sick. being a single working mom it's tough for me. they have refused care for him saying he had pink eye when all he did was rub his eye with food on his hand & b/c he was "vomiting" when what really happend was they overfed him when i told them to manage his intake b/c he will eat whatever you give him.

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Marcy - posted on 06/03/2010

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Maggie I would have to say it takes a good 3-4 months to get over the whole "sick all the time" thing. This seems to be holding true for my son when he went to daycare, then transitioned to nursery school and then moved classes to pre-school. Each time he was with a new "batch" of kids he seemed to come home with a cold and a constant runny nose. The only thing I do is try and wash his hands as much as I can and I also give him vitamins, make sure he gets plenty of rest, good food and sunshine. Unless the daycare is unclean (which I highly doubt) I don't think it makes much difference where he goes..unless he stays home. However, eventually when its school time he will just go through the same thing.

Stephanie - posted on 06/02/2010

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I work in a daycare center and this is common overtime your son will build immunity. When i first stared working there 2yrs ago i got a cold and i havent been sick since honestly. As long as they are cleaning properly such as toys,tables,and good hand washing teacher and kids his illnesses should subside

Michelle - posted on 06/02/2010

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Unfortunately, the kids get sick the first year or so. I was not able to find an answer, but the first year was the worst. Just make sure the teachers are washing your little boy's hands frequently and that they are watching so that the children do not share cups, food, etc. Unfortunately, it is what it is! I agree with you that there are many benefits of day care. Hang in there. It gets easier.

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