Colds are very common, but there are some symptoms that warrant keeping a child home. These include, bad cold with hacking or persistent cough, green or yellow nasal drainage, productive cough with green or yellow phlegm being coughed up. These symptoms may be present with or without a fever. If there are cold medicines you know will make your child more comfortable, I will administer them with your written permission. If your child cannot participate in the daily routine, he/she is probably too sick to be in daycare. If your child is wheezing or has labored breathing due to a cold and is not contagious, I will administer a nebulizer if needed with the proper dosage precribed by a doctor. If your child has extreme discomfort, is contagious, or is struggling to breathe, please keep your child home until he/she is cleared by a doctor to return to daycare.
Fevers are common in children and are often a sign that something is wrong. If your child has a fever of 100.0F or higher, please keep him or her home. If your child develops a fever of 100.0F or higher while at the daycare, you will be called to pick him/her up.
My policy is that your child must remain free of fever for 24 hours before returning to daycare. This means that if your child is picked up at 3:00 p.m., but still has a fever at 6:00 p.m. or later, he/she cannot return to the daycare the next day. The 24 hours begins when your child’s fever has broken and remains in a normal range.
Diarrhea and Vomiting
Diarrhea due to illness is highly contagious. If your child has diarrhea, please keep him/her home. If your child has 2 or more diarrhea episodes while at daycare, you will be called to pick him/her up. I use gloves while changing diapers and use proper hand washing techniques between diaper changes. The changing area is also disinfected after every diaper change. Please understand that germs from diarrhea can be spread through carpets, toys, swings and direct contact. It is very difficult to keep from spreading these germs to other children.
If your child vomits while at daycare, you will be called immediately to pick him/her up. Please keep your child at home until 24 hours after the vomiting has stopped.
A rash may be a sign of many illnesses, such as measles or chicken pox. In infants, a rash may be a sign that something is going on internally. Please do not send your child to the daycare with a rash until the doctor says it is O.K. to do so.
In some instances you will be asked to keep your child home until I have written permission from your doctor saying your child is well enough to return to daycare. Please understand this is for your child’s well being along with the well being of the healthy children at the daycare and their families.
If your child goes to the doctor and is prescribed medication, please keep your child home until they have completed 24 hours of antibiotic treatment. If your child is to receive antibiotics at daycare, please bring in the labeled bottle from the pharmacy. I will administer antibiotics and other medications to your child with a signed consent.
If you need to be notified because of your child’s illness or injury, it is important I am able to reach someone. If you or your spouse/significant other are listed as emergency contacts, please make sure one of you can be reached at all times. If there is ever a situation where you know you cannot be reached, for whatever the reason, please make sure you give me the name and phone number of another person that can always be reached. I also request that if you are notified of your child’s illness or injury, you arrive at the daycare to pick them up in a timely manner.
I do understand and empathize with parents when their children are sick. It can be a very difficult, frustrating, and emotionally challenging situation when you are torn between a sick child and other obligations. My policy is meant to be fair to the sick child and their family, as well as the healthy children and their families. Please understand that I try to control the amount of illnesses at the daycare and to keep everyone healthy and happy.