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    Ok, so gastro is going round my daughters childcare for the 9th time this year. I have had it 8 times, my daughter 5 and my husband 4 - my daughter is due to go in tomorrow, but i really can't face the thought of her catching it again, I'm thinking of taking the day off work to keep her away just in case she picks it up again, my husband thinks I'm overreacting, I'm worried that I'm getting totally paranoid about germs/illnesses. I know its good for their immunity but I'm sick of being so sick!

    Am i overreacting??

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    9 times wow, that is a lot.
    I wouldn't want to send her either tbh.

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    Wow! I can't believe it's gone around that many times!

    Maybe ring the daycare and see if anyone has been sick in the last week or so?

    That's horrible, I feel for you guys We've only had it as a family once and my god, I hope it never happens again!

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    That's a huge number of episodes of gastro. How utterly horrible. I really hate gastro. I would be speaking to the Director of the centre ASAP and asking why your dd has got gastro that many times. It is NOT normal for a child in childcare to get gastro that many times. To me it means the parents or the staff (or maybe both) have lax attitudes about sending their children with gastro. At my ds's Kinder if a child gets gastro they send a note home with all the kids reminding the parents to keep their sick children home.

    The rule should be that the child (or staff member) should be kept home until at least 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhoea or fever. No exceptions. It won't stop gastro completely and I know it's really hard to tell when a young child still has diarrhoea or just has loose but normal bowel actions, but it sounds like the centre needs a shake up.

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    I too think that's an excessive amount of gastro for a day care center I would be questioning their hygiene standards and illness policy.

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    Are there signs up in your centre when illnesses are going around?
    I work in Child care and since going back to work 6 months ago gastro hasn't gone around our centre once. If a child has come down with symptoms such as diarrhea or vomiting they are sent home immediately to prevent the spread of illness. Would you happen to know what the centre policy is regarding illness? I'd be asking the director lots of questions ! I'm sure other parents wouldn't be happy either!

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    Seriously, 9 times? That's 9 different kind if gastro bug

    How can you be sure she's getting it from daycare every time? It could be coming from anywhere.

    Gosh DS has only had gastro twice in the 20 months he's been in his childcare, and one of those was after a trip overseas which was more likely the culprit.

    I don't think keeping them home for one day will make any difference tbh. Surely she can't get it again though.

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    I would keep your child at home, not worth the risk. But would definately be questionning their hygiene policy!

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    Totally feel for you. My DS18 months had it twice in one month one once prior to that, so three times in 5 months. . We missed the first recent episode but boy did we cop the last one. I was hospitalized, it was horrendous. Me, DH and ds all spewing at the same time and needing to sit on the toilet. In your situation, yep I would keep them home. GASTRO, sucks big time.

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    I hate gastro anxiety I feel your pain. We have had a few bouts of gastro in the house recently, my kids are only in daycare 1 day a week so I can usually tell if they caught it at daycare (because it will show up in a couple of days after) but our worst bouts of gastro have come from playcentres and playgroup. Daycare usually is less likely as they have a sickness policy (as opposed to playcentres/playgroup). I know it sounds a bit flippant for me to say, as I know how gross gastro is, but try not to worry about the things you can't control - the warm weather will be here soon and less germs/bugs, I wouldn't want to send my daughter but I would still send her because I don't see the point of keeping her home as a precaution when she might not even get sick. But I don't think you are over-reacting, gastro 9 times!!! That is just......gross.


 

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