How do I tell that my child is too sick for daycare?
How do I tell that my child is too sick to go to daycare? I work full-time and can't take off very often, but don't want to make things worse by sending him to daycare when he is sick. 
Source

Paediatrician Dr Paul Sinclair answers:

This is a tough question, as I understand the pressures on working families, and on mothers in particular. The decision on whether to keep him at home or not involves both the health of your child and the other children at the crèche who will be exposed to your child’s illness. That being said, you can expect that in the first few years of your child’s life that he will have eight infections on average per year. These will include upper and lower respiratory infection, rashes and tummy bugs. To keep him away from nursery school (and for you to take time off from work as a result) often is just not possible.

Always keep your child away from school if he is vomiting and/or has active diarrhoea as they are highly infectious and your child is at risk for dehydration. Also keep your child at home if he has a temperature that requires regular therapy (such as tepid sponge baths or medication) to be controlled. In terms of a snotty nose or a cough, it is safe to send your child to nursery school when his condition is improving, he is sleeping well and is temperature free. In my opinion, it’s not really worth it to spend lots of money on special immune boosters that make huge promises, but be sure feed your child a balanced diet and ensure good sleep to keep his immune system in check so that his body can fight off infections well. Remember that these infections are normal in young children, and will happen often.

Read Parent24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
 

week-by-week

Want to know what your baby looks like and what you can expect at this stage?

 

Mysmartkid

Sponsored

Nurture your child's creativity

Inspiring and nurturing your child’s creativity is actually quite simple and can be a lot of fun for both of you. Here are some top tips:

See more >
 
 

Directories

Everything from parties to pre-schools in your area.