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    Default This is getting beyond a joke!

    DD has been in daycare 1-2 days a week since 6 months old. She's now almost 2.
    She's come home with gastro for the second time in a month. In between bouts of gastro she had a nasty virus ending up in chest infection requiring antibiotics.
    She's been averaging some sort of illness every 2 weeks since 12 months old and I'm just about at the end of my tether. Probably doesn't help that she gets "viral asthma" with every snotty nose which just makes it 10 times worse! I'm assuming she didn't pick up much from 6-12 months as I was still BF.
    I work 2 days a week but am really struggling between taking time off when she's ill, being exhausted from being up all night with her & being pregnant.
    DH helps when he can but he is away a lot for work and works stupid hours.
    I'm not really sure what to do. Should I meet with the daycare? Could it be something she does (some sort of habit) that means she picks up all the bugs? Could it improve once she moves into the toddler room - currently due to move up from babies room when there's an opening. Should I consider changing daycare? Is she just one of those kids who gets everything going?
    Help!

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    Oh you poor thing and your poor DD! That's horrible.
    You're always going to get sick at daycare but that does seem like a lot. How does she sleep/eat etc? Is she on a probiotic? That could help, especially if she's been on antibiotics.
    My daughter was sick constantly until we saw an improvement in her sleep and diet which helped with the viruses!

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    I was in the same headspace when DD was 2.5. She had been in daycare since 6 months of age and had a similar run of illness, with croup being the most frequent reoccurrence. Although gastro, pneumonia, hfmd and virus after virus also plagued her body (and our home!) I think a few things clicked in around the age of 3-3.5, she moved up into pre kinder/kinder rooms, she got better at washing hands, and some of her habits changed eg: not as inclined to put things in her mouth. I think the other thing we did which helped was give her time out from daycare occasionally if she's had a bad run. When she had her 3rd chest infection in a month, I actually took 2 weeks of sick leave to keep her home and give her body a rest.

    I know how frustrating it all is and I'm now dreading having to send DS next year when I go back to work as I know we will have to go through it all again. But I also know that DD now has pretty good immunity as she's been exposed to so much already, whereas some of her kinder friends this year are constantly sick after being at home for the first few years of their life with stay at home parents. I'm not saying one is better than the other but at some point all kids have to go through it. And some are more prone to picking up bugs than others!

    Hang in there, I think once you get to three you should see some improvement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anjalee View Post
    Oh you poor thing and your poor DD! That's horrible.
    You're always going to get sick at daycare but that does seem like a lot. How does she sleep/eat etc? Is she on a probiotic? That could help, especially if she's been on antibiotics.
    My daughter was sick constantly until we saw an improvement in her sleep and diet which helped with the viruses!
    She is perfectly healthy otherwise: eats pretty much everything - lots of fruit/veg, sleeps all night (when not sick) plus a nap, has probiotic every day!
    Aargh! I feel like I'm doing everything I can & she is still sick all the time!

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    Thanks @HopefulK I think I might have to talk to the daycare about getting her out of the babies room ASAP.

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    What about changing to family day care? Is that an option you might be able to consider? They only have 4 kids at any one time so nowhere hear the amount of germs.

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    My DD was sick a lot then changed daycare and no more sickness...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MillieMollyMandy View Post
    What about changing to family day care? Is that an option you might be able to consider? They only have 4 kids at any one time so nowhere hear the amount of germs.
    I am considering changing to family daycare or a smaller centre, but she loves her daycare so I'm very reluctant to make a change!

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    I posted something almost identical just after ds started daycare. I ended up speaking to the director about it and they were more stringent on washing hands before eating and washing toys etc. They were already doing it but I think a reminder may have helped as the sickness starting getting a lot better shortly after..? Pretty sure I wasn't the only one asking about the amount of illness in his room. I'm still bracing for another nasty winter though. I truly sympathise it was absolute hell when ds started daycare, he got a lot of very nasty bugs all very close together. Speak to the director about hygiene practices, sometimes I think a reminder doesn't hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pearlygirl View Post
    I posted something almost identical just after ds started daycare. I ended up speaking to the director about it and they were more stringent on washing hands before eating and washing toys etc. They were already doing it but I think a reminder may have helped as the sickness starting getting a lot better shortly after..? Pretty sure I wasn't the only one asking about the amount of illness in his room. I'm still bracing for another nasty winter though. I truly sympathise it was absolute hell when ds started daycare, he got a lot of very nasty bugs all very close together. Speak to the director about hygiene practices, sometimes I think a reminder doesn't hurt.
    Thanks! I just called the director and she agreed that the amount of sickness DD's been having is not normal. She's going to talk to the room supervisor about it & look into vacancies in the toddlers room. She also suggested washing DD's hands on arrival/departure so we're going to give that a go to.
    I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one in the same situation!
    However most people seem to say things settle down sickness wise after 12 months or so in daycare, but she's been there 18 months now & it certainly hasn't been the case for us!


 

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