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Or is it a sign of bad hygiene at the facility?<br><br>
I know a horrible cold has been going around my town - but DS started going to school about 3 weeks ago (only 2 days/week) and we BOTH have been SICK since the first day. The very. First. Day.<br><br>
Everyone says they get sick alot when they frist start school but is that really true? Or could his school be doing a better job of cleaning?<br><br>
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My older son was in day care until he was 8 months old, now they're both home with me.<br><br>
In my experience, just being around that many other kiddos is what makes them sick. I was very happy with the hygiene of the facility my son was in (and I knew intimately because I was there three times a day nursing him!) but he still got six ear infections in five months.<br><br>
If you have some other concerns about hygiene I would definitely look into that but it's entirely possible that it's just from exposure to other children.<br><br>
The upside is that exposure builds immunity if its the kind of exposure that doesn't lead to unnecessary antibiotics.<br><br>
It's hard. It does get better though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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When you have that many kids together they're gonna pass germs around. I've worked (and still do) with kids in many different arrangements and there seems to always be a period of time where I'll catch everything under the sun, but then it stops because my immune system has caught up, so to speak. It happened every time I had to start a new job (moved a lot with military dh). It's the same with new kids to childcare. I worked in a daycare facility before this job in the infant room and we were very stringent on cleanliness. We totally stripped and bleached heck out of the rooms twice to get rid of RSV germs and rotovirus. The babies were getting these two diseases one right after the other, no matter how often we sanitized toys, washed hands, used gloves, etc. It just happens.
 

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It seems to be true. I babysat a little girl (6 months old) when my dd was 9 months old. That was when my dd got her first flu <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
Now everytime my dd is around alot of kids, she tends to get sick. Its getting better though.
 

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Hi, I have heard this before, and there is no doubt. I am a Montessori teacher, and I have had my two youngest in my classroom. Yes, being around other children exposes ours to many more germs than if they were at home. Ironically, I am at home sick right now, must have caught it from one of those kids!<br><br>
But it's okay. Your child is going to be exposed to all kinds of stuff...it's just part of being a child, and the sooner she starts to build her immune system, the better. You can also support by providing good nutrition, herbs, or whatever you believe in. But unless you are going to homeschool, this is going to happen and it's okay.<br><br>
Children have a right to participate in civil society just like the rest of us...relate and build relationships with peers. Sending our children to quality programs is a benifit to them....not a punishment.<br><br>
The benifits greatly outweigh the risks. Good luck
 

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My experience has been when my DS is in a room full of kids, playing with toys he often gets sick. He doesn't go to preschool but it seems when he is around children who go to daycare, he will pick up whatever they are carring around. Plus, if we go to places like children museums or gymboree type settings, he will pick up stuff too.<br><br>
People seem to tell me that he will get it some time or other, but I really think later is better in my book. My son isn't very verbal so he can't tell me what is going on, I think I'd rather know. My aunt says its better when they can't communicate because when the can, all they will do is whine... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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Your experience is completely normal. My son began attending a very clean child care center at the age of 8 weeks. He had one ear infection after another until tubes were placed in his ear at 9 months of age and he was hospitalized for RSV at 8 months of age. DS stopped attending childcare shortly after (January2007) and did not return on a regular basis until December of 2007. He contracted pink eye within two weeks, but other than that he is fine and has had no major illnesses since December 2006. I do believe that his immune system matured during his first 7 months in a childcare setting.<br><br>
I have no regrets about his early exposure to a childcare setting. Like prarieo I believe that the beneits out weighed the negatives.
 

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Kids definately get sick more often when they are in daycare or school. It is just one of the cons of being around a lot of kids, they tend to spread germs around like crazy (of course so do college students <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">).<br>
My daughter has been in daycare since she was 12 months old and she gets colds frequently but we have been very very lucky so far and the most serious illness she has had is a double ear infection and she has only had that twice (once at around a year and once a few weeks ago).<br>
Her daycare is very very good about hygeine issues, its just one of those things, kids drool, get snotty, cough without covering, put things in their mouths and all other kinds of stuff you dont wanna think about when the teacher isn't looking for 10 seconds <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">.<br>
It gets better the longer they are in childcare. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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DS gets sick after LLL meetings, his first weeks of MT classes, visiting the childrens museaum with my parents, etc. Where ever there are toddlers there are germs. Se la vie.
 

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<i>But it's okay. Your child is going to be exposed to all kinds of stuff...it's just part of being a child, and the sooner she starts to build her immune system, the better. You can also support by providing good nutrition, herbs, or whatever you believe in. But unless you are going to homeschool, this is going to happen and it's okay.</i><br><br>
I totally agree with Montessori Mom. Children getting sick is part of life. I ran a daycare centre for over 16 years & for the first 2 years I was sick ALOT & yes so was my oldest, but we now have an amazing immunity, we both rarely get sick.<br><br>
As long the Daycare is sticking to the rules of not allowing children to come with anything contagious like chickpox, measles, etc., following proper handwashing & cleaning procedures regularily, then all is good. It's children with a comprimised health that we all need to be more careful with.<br><br>
My biggest tip is to make sure your boss is understanding, your child is happy & for yourself...try not to worry. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Yes, it's normal. My daughter has been unwell a lot lately and it's due to her nursery. Now I have her out because they sent a note home yesterday that conjunctivitis is going around and I really just do not want her to catch that, because we're going on a trip in a few weeks and she's been sick enough for the past month. The problem with our nursery lately is that many mothers keep sending their children while they are ill and still have fevers. I saw the nurse with a woman the other day acting a bit upset because she sent her daughter to the nursery with a fever and when they tried to call her she wasn't answering. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
Luckily enough though, my boss is my Mother in-law and she is really supportive of me staying at home when my daughter is ill.
 

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I'm really not persuaded by the point of view that getting sick a lot is somehow beneficial for children. Some sickness, sure. But over and over again seems really hard on the little ones.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Or is it a sign of bad hygiene at the facility?<br><br>
I know a horrible cold has been going around my town - but DS started going to school about 3 weeks ago (only 2 days/week) and we BOTH have been SICK since the first day. The very. First. Day.<br><br>
Everyone says they get sick alot when they frist start school but is that really true? Or could his school be doing a better job of cleaning?<br><br>
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Whenever you are exposed to more people you are exposed to more germs and get sick more. However, you didn't catch anything from preschool that made you both sick the very first day - you were already exposed. Illnesses don't start the very first day you are in contact with a germ/virus. More likely you are spreading something new to them.
 

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I was told by other Moms that either they get sick at daycare (like my dd) or they get sick in Kindergarten when they start school.<br><br>
In otherwards, it's inevitable either way...<br><br>
My DD definitely has had a lot of colds (runny, stuffy nose), but thankfully we have escaped major illnesses (rotavirus, RSV). I know for a fact that our school bleaches all toys and sprays the room down every evening.
 

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I second all the comments about "normal" above, and would add that it doesn't seem to last forever. DS just turned 14 months, and was in daycare some before 6 mos, then FT since 9 mos. We were all getting sick all the time this fall, but it seems to be improving. Now, everyone around us has got a couple of nasty viruses, and we've been fine. We built our immunity (the hard way) this fall, and we're coasting through.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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I just wanted to offer my 2 cents on something...<br><br>
I agree that exposure and illness, colds, etc. is normal. But I don't think bleach and other chemicals used in daycares helps. In fact, it scares me that toys and things are wiped down with bleach and then kids put them in their mouths! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bigeyes">
 

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I agree that exposure and illness, colds, etc. is normal. But I don't think bleach and other chemicals used in daycares helps. In fact, it scares me that toys and things are wiped down with bleach and then kids put them in their mouths! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bigeyes"></div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: Soap and water is more effective and much safer than bleach. Especially on those little hands <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
hmm but I can see how it would difficult to wash the hands of so many kids.
 

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In my experience, yes. But only that first year.<br><br>
My DS started daycare around 7 months old (Fall 2006). So, from Fall 2006 until Spring 2007, he was in the infant room. I'm telling you - he would go from bug to bug, cold to cold, got the rotovirus, had ear infections ... it was really one thing to the other. My DH and I got everything too (including the rotovirus - fun!).<br><br>
This past winter, he has had one small cold and one minor ear infection. That's it. A couple of runny noses as well, but nothing like last year.<br><br>
I'll add, my daycare facility is extremely clean. They clean everything at the end of the day and once a week do a very thorough clean as well. I think it's just part of the experience unfortunately.
 
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