If your child is in day care in Vic Park or any other Perth suburb, you probably know that he or she is going to be sick once in awhile. When children are in daycare, they are around other children all day. They are exposed to germs through sneezing, coughing and sharing toys. Children also have lower resistance to bacteria and viruses than adults so they tend to catch more colds and childhood diseases.
Consequently, it is impossible for your child to avoid being sick entirely unless you want to keep them in a bubble. However, there are some measures you can take to ensure that your child is not sick as often and isn’t impacted as badly by illnesses as many others are.
To Attend or Not to Attend Day Care
One of the most important things to know, for both your child’s safety and that of other children, is whether your child is too sick to attend day care. If your child has a cold or another mild illness, he or she may be well enough to attend daycare. But if your child has a flu or fever, he or she is probably contagious and should stay home.
It is important to know the illness policy of your child’s day care centre, Most day care centres have clear policies informing parents when and when not to send their children to school and expect strict adherence to policy.
The reason it is important to adhere to policy is that a child who is very sick and contagious can easily cause other children and the staff at the day care centre to become sick. Most will send your child home if he or she is too sick to attend.
The best strategy for parents is to learn their day care provider’s policy on sick children and stick to it. Don’t pressure a day care centre to take your child when he or she is sick.