How to Keep Your Child From Getting Sick at Daycare

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Sending your child to daycare comes with the benefits of early socialization, working on the mastery of early skills and reaching developmental milestones, along with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your child is well taken care of while you work hard to provide for him. Unfortunately, all of that socializing can also mean the increased likelihood of common childhood illnesses. While there’s little you can do to reduce your child’s contact with sick playmates, there are some measures you can take to decrease his chances of contracting the ailments they carry.

Talk About Good Hygiene

Older toddlers and preschool-aged kids should be taught about proper hand washing, and the importance of maintaining good hygiene. The most effective weapon in your arsenal when it comes to keeping your youngsters healthy is helping them to understand the ways that they can avoid illnesses when you’re not around to do it for them. Working on keeping clean and avoiding germs can do wonders for keeping your child healthy. He should also understand that sharing toys and games is being a good friend, but that sharing foods, drinks and eating utensils can lead to getting sick.

Choose a Daycare With a Strict Sick Policy

The daycare with a strict policy regarding sick child care is a double-sided coin. On one side, you’ll be able to rest assured that the center is doing all they can to keep illnesses at bay. On the other, you’ll be forced to find alternative childcare at the first sign of a sniffle. While these policies may be only partially effective because most illnesses are contagious before symptoms present themselves, a dedication to keeping healthy kids healthy by asking sick ones to remain at home can also indicate a similar commitment in terms of facility cleanliness and sterilization policies.

Make Sure They Get Enough Sleep

An exhausted body can lead to a weakened immune system, which opens your child up to a host of ailments that are passed around daycare centers and preschools. Fighting the bedtime battle isn’t always easy and is never fun, but making sure that your little one comes to daycare well-rested, with plenty of energy and a robust immune system can make a noticeable difference in the number of sick days he’s forced to take.

Work on Good Dietary Habits

Just as a routine that includes plenty of sleep can keep your child healthy, so can a well-balanced diet. Skipping processed foods and sugary snacks in favor of healthier fare and a daily multivitamin boosts your child’s ability to fight off illnesses and can be a powerful tool in the quest to keep him healthy at daycare.

Breastfeed Your Babies

Breastfeeding your baby exposes him to the antibodies in your breast milk, which can help him to build immunity to common illnesses. For working moms, breastfeeding can be a challenging task, but it’s one that pays for itself by translating into fewer sick days, less stress stemming from the urgent need to find back-up childcare and a child with better overall health than a formula fed baby. The World Health Organization recommends that babies be exclusively breastfed for the first year of life, but it’s especially important to consider breastfeeding if you know that your child will be attending daycare at a young age.

Teach Good “Sneeze Etiquette”

Many common childhood illnesses are passed through respiratory droplets spread by sneezing. When you teach your child to cover his mouth when he sneezes and to immediately wash his hands afterwards, he’ll be excited to pass those new skills onto his playmates. You may even be able to help in starting a healthy revolution at the daycare center!

Striving to keep your child healthy is an important part of parenting, but it’s also important to understand that you won’t be able to stave off every illness. The occasional cough, cold or ear infection is an unavoidable part of parenting and of growing up, so try not to panic every time your child comes down with a minor ailment. He’ll be exposed to the same illnesses when he eventually moves on to kindergarten, and may even have a stronger immune system by then as a result of his exposure to common illnesses during his daycare years.

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One Response to How to Keep Your Child From Getting Sick at Daycare

  1. Thank you for these tips. There are a lot of factors why children can get sick and a daycare center can be one of them. That is why it is important to find ways to prevent them from getting ill at daycare centers.