Germs are everywhere. And day care germs abound. They are too small to see but we know they are there. Children can spread germs without ever getting sick themselves. They can catch colds, ear infections, diarrhea and worse.
More severe illnesses like chicken pox, impetigo and hepatitis are also spread by germs. Toys are a vehicle for day care germs, so are unwashed hands of a caregiver after diaper change or blowing a child’s runny nose.
Runny noses don’t always mean a child is sick, but the child can also be carrying something right under your nose so to speak, and you won’t know it for several days until your symptoms start showing.
So how can you cut back on day care germs and minimize your child’s sick days every child gets sick eventually with the average cold, but chances of spreading it to the other day care children and the sick child’s family can be greatly reduced by following a few simple rules.
Always keep up to date with your child’s immunizations. Schools will not enroll children in kindergarten without the immunization records filled out by the family physician. The same requirements must be met for daycare enrollment as well.
Keep copies of your child’s immunization records and have them ready to give to the daycare provider. You can request information on the other children enrolled in the daycare facility as well. All children enrolled in any daycare facility your child is going to should be immunized.
You should always have a backup plan for days when your child is sick and cannot attend daycare. Even if you suspect your child is catching something, he should be kept at home.
The other daycare mothers will appreciate your compliance with this and they should follow suit.
But there are times when some parents ignore the customary considerations surrounding children attending public environments and send their children off to daycare sick anyway.
At home, frequent hand washing can greatly reduce the chances of passing the illness on the rest of the family.
As a general rule, washing your hands after coming in contact with your child is a good idea.
One never knows if they are contagious with something and keeping your hands free of daycare germs, as well as any surfaces that the child may come in contact with, is good prevention.
Door handles, eating utensils, toys, and plastic items such as beginner baby books should all be kept sanitized.
Toddlers should be taught right from the start to cover their mouth when they cough and proper toileting and cleanliness is a must.
Stepstools in front of bathroom sinks enable children to wash their hands like big kids and colorful child-oriented soap dispensers add to the fun.
Children build immunities by being sick and then getting well. Daycare germs can speed up the process that would otherwise take place in the first years of school, even babies start building immunities by contact with other children.
So a child who has never been in daycare and hasn’t been sick very much will be thrown in a preschool that abounds with germs and his immunities begin to build but at the expense of lost school days.
So whether parents like it or not, daycare germs do have their place in a growing child’s life.