Fevers are common in young children and are often a signal that something is wrong. If your child has a fever of 101.0F or higher, please keep him or her home. If your child develops a fever of 101.0F or higher while at daycare, you will be called to pick him/her up. If your child’s fever is less than 101.0 F, you will be notified and you may express your wishes to the staff at that time. My policy is that your child must remain free of fever for 24 hours before returning to childcare, and area pediatricians agree with this policy. 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 center 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 3 or more diarrhea episodes, or any un-contained diarrhea while at childcare, you will be called to pick him/her up. 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. When children return too soon, there is a much higher rate of recurrence and contagiousness.
Coughs and Colds:
Colds are a common occurrence. However, there are some symptoms that warrant keeping a child home. These include, but are not limited to: 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 your child has just a cold, please let me know. I will encourage extra fluids and proper hand washing. If there are cold medicines you know will make your child more comfortable, I will administer them with your written permission.
A rash may be a sign of many illnesses, such as measles or chicken pox. In infants, an external rash may be a sign that something is going on internally. Please do not send your child with a rash until the doctor says it is O.K. to do so.
Head and Body Lice:
Head/ body lice can be a pain! It is also very contagious, especially around young children who tend to play closely together. If you discover lice on your child, let the daycare know as soon as possible so that we can check the other kids in care and notify the other parents. Treat the lice in a timely manner. A child will not be allowed back into care until they are nit free. If lice is discovered on a child while in care, the parents will be called and asked to pick up their child as soon as possible, to prevent any risk of spreading it to other children.
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 in my care and their families.
Bringing In Ill Children:
If your child is not infectious and your doctor has said they may return to daycare, but your child is still not feeling 100%, please see that you have everything to make him/her comfortable. Items such as extra clothing, pillows, blankets, medication, etc. are very helpful to your child.
If your child goes to the pediatrician 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 and a syringe or other measuring device. I can administer antibiotics and other medications to your child with your written and signed consent.
Well Child Assessment:
If your child has had a rough night or previous day, please assess them before bringing them to the center. If you ever have any doubts about whether or not your child should be at daycare, please do not hesitate to call and ask.
When it is time to schedule your child’s shots, I encourage you to do so on a Friday or a day when you can be with them for the following 24 hours. That way you can make sure there are no allergic reactions of any kind before they return to daycare.
I may occasionally have problems with not being able to reach someone when a child is ill or injured. If you need to be notified because of your child’s illness or injury, it is imperative that I be 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 that I have the name and phone number of another individual that can always be reached. I also request that if you are notified of your child’s illness or injury, you arrive to pick them up in a timely manner. Please understand that an injured or sick child requires one-on-one care. This is an impossible situation when there are other children that need to be cared for. It is also extremely unfair to the ill or injured child to expect them to remain at daycare when they are hurting because I cannot reach someone to come and get them.
I do understand and empathize with parents when their children are ill. It can be a very difficult, frustrating, and emotionally challenging situation when you are torn between a sick child and other obligations. I also experience these emotions and situations when myself or my children are ill. These policies are designed to be fair to the ill child and their family, as well as the healthy children and their families. Please understand that I care about your child(ren) and provide the best care possible for them. I hope to control the amount of illnesses at my daycare and to keep everyone healthy and happy. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call me at any time.
Copyright 2013. Margaret Trueb. All rights reserved.