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?
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20-04-2016 09:36 #1
This is getting beyond a joke!
20-04-2016 09:48 #2Senior Member
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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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20-04-2016 10:41 #3
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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20-04-2016 11:07 #6
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.
20-04-2016 11:10 #7Senior Member
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My DD was sick a lot then changed daycare and no more sickness...
20-04-2016 11:21 #8
20-04-2016 11:23 #9
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.
20-04-2016 11:48 #10
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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