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Cold & Flu Season at Childcare...

Posted on September 25, 2012 at 10:15 PM
The cold and flu season is quickly approaching. To prevent a widespread of cold and flu in the daycare, we recommend that your child stay home from daycare if experiencing any flu or cold symptoms. To decide whether or not to send your child to daycare, please consider the following guidelines.
Consider keeping your child at home for an extra day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:
• Very stuffy or runny nose and/or a cough
• Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)
• Headache
• Mild stomach ache
Definitely keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms:
• Fever (greater than 100 degrees by mouth and your child may return to          daycare only after his or her temperature has been consistently below 100 degrees, for a minimum of 48 hours)
• Vomiting (even once)
• Diarrhea
• Chills
• General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches
• Frequent congested or dry cough
• Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose

How to treat your child's symptoms?

Unfortunately, colds and the flu are extremely common among young kids, especially those who are surrounded by other children all day at daycare. Sometimes even all the best practices and preventative measures will fail to protect your little one from catching a cold or the flu. When this occurs, there are a few things you can do to help treat your child’s symptoms (there’s no real cure for the common cold/flu, sometimes it just takes time):

Plenty of rest and fluids
Warm baths or steam from the shower
Run a humidifier at night

 Things you can do to help prevent the flu and other colds:
• Wash hands frequently.
• Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth.
• Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands.
• Cough or sneeze into elbows or shirt sleeves.
•Eat  fruits, vegetables, and other immunity-boosting nutrients.
• Wear proper cold weather apparel and footwear.
• Get an annual flu vaccine.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Colds are the most contagious during the first 48 hours. A child who has a fever should remain at home until “fever free” for a minimum of 48 hours. A child who has started antibiotics needs to be on the medication for 48 hours before considered non-contagious and able to return to daycare after 72 hours (3 days total). Keeping a sick child at home will help minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the daycare, as well as parents being called at the work place to pick up his/her child from daycare.

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