Day Care Sickness

Karissa - posted on 09/10/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter just recently went into daycare... one right by my work so needless to say I'm real happy with it. She seemed to like it the first day I picked her up. She didn't cry when I dropped her off (needless to say she's 9 months) and was smiling when I picked her up. The first week she was there was great and then that weekend she developed a runny nose, nothing out of the ordinary and the following friday I had to call her out and call out of work and take her to the doctors. She had no fever, a terrible runny nose, an old man cough.... a.k.a. miserable baby girl!



Is there anything I can give her to prevent this from happening? Any sort of vitamins to boost her immune system?

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Laura - posted on 09/10/2009

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Unfortunately, the good things daycare can offer (socialization, support, etc) comes with bad. ANY child in daycare is automatically at higher risk for those runny noses, colds, etc, because that confined space is a perfect medium for bacteria and virus transmission. The best things you can do from a holistic standpoint (ie strengthening her immune system) are: breastfeeding (if you are breastfeeding and are gung-ho, you can spend some time in the daycare and try to pick up some immunity to the stuff there so you can pass it to your daughter through your milk), making sure she is eating a healthy diet (fruits, veggies, and proteins), and making sure that she is getting enough sleep. There are studies to suggest that stress can lower one's ability to fight infection, so limiting stress in her life is also helpful. As for vitamins, it depends on how good she is at taking them. The research that's out there is not strongly in favor or against vitamins, though there is a lot of emerging data to suggest that Vitamin D is more important than we once thought it was. My hope is that you have a good relationship with your pediatrician, who can also help guide you through this.



Another (very hotly debated) recommendation is to be sure your child is up to date on her vaccines. From the medical community standpoint, this is best way we know to prevent serious infectious illnesses. I am not trying to start a debate here (as I know there are A LOT of moms that will likely vehemently disagree with me), just present the facts from a medical perspective only (with a little sprinkling of mommy!).



I will say, I have a son in daycare, and he has a nearly constant runny nose or cough or some other icky virus, and it drives me nuts. You can do everything right, but as long as your child is in daycare, it is impossible to keep them from getting those illnesses, unfortunately. If it's any comfort, your child will carry some of that immunity with her once she starts school. I feel you- it is just awful to watch your sweet little child with these awful symptoms! It makes me miss when I had my baby all safe and protected in my uterus! Good luck to you and your daughter.

Christina - posted on 09/10/2009

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Quoting Christina: me personally have never had my kids in daycare. having them in public daycare they are more likely to catch something from the other kids. i have always had private babysitters for my kids because they are not exposed to all those different kids you may have a few other kids but not tons of them. as far as something to give her look at the childrens cold remedies and they should have something at the store. or you can call your pediatritian and they can suggest something. good luck



Quoting Karissa :

Day Care Sickness

My daughter just recently went into daycare... one right by my work so needless to say I'm real happy with it. She seemed to like it the first day I picked her up. She didn't cry when I dropped her off (needless to say she's 9 months) and was smiling when I picked her up. The first week she was there was great and then that weekend she developed a runny nose, nothing out of the ordinary and the following friday I had to call her out and call out of work and take her to the doctors. She had no fever, a terrible runny nose, an old man cough.... a.k.a. miserable baby girl!

Is there anything I can give her to prevent this from happening? Any sort of vitamins to boost her immune system?





 





 

Christina - posted on 09/10/2009

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Quoting Karissa :

Day Care Sickness

My daughter just recently went into daycare... one right by my work so needless to say I'm real happy with it. She seemed to like it the first day I picked her up. She didn't cry when I dropped her off (needless to say she's 9 months) and was smiling when I picked her up. The first week she was there was great and then that weekend she developed a runny nose, nothing out of the ordinary and the following friday I had to call her out and call out of work and take her to the doctors. She had no fever, a terrible runny nose, an old man cough.... a.k.a. miserable baby girl!

Is there anything I can give her to prevent this from happening? Any sort of vitamins to boost her immune system?


 

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