Some of these stories are terrible..i was thinking abut it just being runny noses. I cannot believe ppl actually send kids to care who have gastro!omg. High temps, have been vomiting. Wtf is going on? I feel sorry for the workers as well as the kids. I just cant fathom how u could send in your own child in who was so ill. But do centres actually do anything, cos it sounds like a lot don't and what can you do when a parent says they cant or wont get there? Surely something is going awry if this stuff happens 'all the time'.....
At our centre the rule is that they can't come in until at least 48 hours after vomiting and 24 after a fever has broken. Cold and flu is fine as long as they can cope with being at care.
DS was sick this week. I could have sent him yesterday but he was still unhappy so I didn't think it would be fair. Much better today so I sent him off with a runny nose but apart from that he was happy.
I follow the rules to the letter - but I have a wonderful employer, as does DH, and we share the days off.
Candieco- I'm a nanny and last year while pregnant I worked for three separate families who all had children that went to childcare part-time. I often cared for them all while sick but then would get sick in turn and pass it on to another family as the instances of parents still being desperate for childcare don't change when you or their children are sick. Before we got pregnant I put my foot down and said everyone needed to tell me when they're children were sick and let me be the judge of whether I thought it was ok to work or not (often I would get to work with parents running out the door quickly telling me so and so had been up all night with a fever). We ended up loosing our baby girl at 20 weeks in December. I tested positive for CMV so now know all about it and its dangers since we went a few weeks thinking it was the reason our baby died. Last week I met with an infectious disease doc and its confirmed that is not why our precious baby girl died (after also meeting with geneticists we do not have a conclusive answer and will never know what happened). But CMV is so dangerous! And often times a child will appear to just have a cold. It's passed through any bodily fluid (snot, saliva, dirty nappies, etc). So the best thing you can do is constantly wash your hands and don't share food (even with your DS). CMV is most dangerous if you've never had it before so if your early pregnancy blood work came up with IgG antibodies you're most likely ok. IgG are the antibodies that show you've had a particular virus in the past and have built up immunity. There are so many other young childhood viruses that are dangerous to a fetus though (parvovirus is also one) so it is best for parents (working or not) to just understand that their actions can effect anyone and everyone and to keep their child at home if they are sick.
Umm if the parent actually said that to the childcare worker and they didn't send them home then I'd be angry at the childcare worker as well.
I refuse to send my kids to any sort of care when they are sick. I know plenty of parents who dose their kids up with panadole and send them off hoping they will be fine. It's just not right, specially for the sick child! The cost of life makes things very hard though..I feel for single parents who are forced to go back to work when their child turns 8 and families who struggle from week to week. It's tough just to get work atm...having to call in sick all the time to take care of your sick child....but also desperately needing the income....it can be a very difficult situation. I tried to return to work and put my 12 month old in family day care...lucky I never did find a job as the 2 days per week she was meant to go she couldn't because she wasn't well. I ended up pulling her out as I was paying for nothing and I would have let my employment down.
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