Sick Policy

SEE Covid policy

 

I respect the need to be at work. However,  when it comes to an ill child, consider when deciding if your child should be at home, that you give consideration to the other children in my care.  Ask yourself; how you would feel if your child was here and well and another child was here with the symptoms your child has that could give them to your child? Also more importantly, ask yourself, would your child be more comfortable in their own home snuggled up with mom or dad or grandma/pa or having to participate in the normal routine of childcare?

 

If your child is ill or terribly uncomfortable to the extent that it interrupts the care of others or endangers the health of the other children, it will be necessary for you to make other arrangements for their care until they have recovered.

sick toddler

If someone in your home has any of the following symptoms, and especially have stayed home due to symptoms such as: vomiting, fever, cough, diarrhea or are very sick or has anything contagious, your child has most likely been exposed. It is best that your child stay home as well in order to secure everyone staying healthy. It is better to be cautious than be sorry later and potentially exposing me and others to an illness that would create a closure. Keeping children home whom are ill, allows me to stay healthy so that I can stay open and be available to care for your healthy child.

 

My guideline for NOT providing care is if your child has one or more of the following:

 

  • ANY potentially contagious illness

  • fever of 99 (with other symptoms)

  • 100+ stay home for 48 hours after the last fever

  • diarrhea diseases

  • pertussis / whooping cough

  • excessive coughing due to illness

  • excessive green runny nose

  • strep throat

  • pink eye

  • bacterial meningitis

  • chicken pox

  • hepatitis A

  • rheumatic fever

  • infestations: lice, scabies, fleas, etc

 

If your child has one of these symptoms mentioned, I do not expect them to return until at least 24-48 hours after symptoms have disappeared (naturally without medication) and are feeling 100% to participate in a normal day. Doctor’s recommendation for most illnesses is 24-48 hours after a fever has broken, vomiting and/or diarrhea is gone, or 24-48 hours after first dose of antibiotic.

 

My concern is always that a sick child receives any necessary medical attention as soon as possible.  If, in my estimation, a child is not receiving that attention, I WILL DENY CARE!!! Many viruses and bacteria can lead to very serious and potential life-threatening problems when left untreated.

 

A letter from your physician may be requested stating

  • they are no longer contagious

  • it is ok to safely return to childcare and they are not contagious

  • details on what the “treatment plan” should be while in my childcare

  • a phone number and doctor name so that if I have questions, I can call them.