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Old 01-08-2013, 04:20 PM   #31
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It sucks but you need to keep him home. I miss work rather often due to sick kids. I don't like it but it does happen. We have to keep them home with a fever over 100.4 and then for 24hrs after it is gone. This is best for everyone. Some kids are just more prone to viruses.

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Old 01-08-2013, 05:09 PM   #32
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It sucks when you have to keep missing work, but when I had my son in daycare, I was mad when parents sent their kids with fevers when they knew they had a fever. If you don't wait long enough before sending him, he will keep catching every virus he comes in contact with because his immune system isn't strong enought to fight anything off. When my sn was in daycare, I had to miss a lot because he was getting used to germs. This may be the case with your son too. It is best to wait until he has been fever free for 24 hours because it is to protect him and the other children. If not, you keep passing the same illness around.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:50 PM   #33
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For us (daycare providers) "Teething" is a running joke. When we are sick, we call it "teething". Even if we are on our deathbeds, it's "Just teething".

Even if the child really is teething, if the parents says that, we are silently laughing at them.

The "teething" excuse along with the "It's just allergies" excuse is WAY overused. So, when it's legit, we don't believe it.
No kidding. My family has caught "teething" a few times.
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eek.. sorry. I worked 12 hours and couldn't get back to the thread until now.

I appreciate and understand all views. I knew when I posted it was going to sound like I was just trying to drop a sick kid with DCP and run. It's totally not the case. I appreciate what doodah says and I agree - I would be PO'd as a parent if my healthy kid was at daycare with a kiddo who was legit sick all the time. I absolutely do not blame DCP for her policies. But as others have pointed out, when you work out of home, it gets dicey to keep missing so many days in the month just because of a 100.2 fever and no other symptoms.

As I said, DCP is really wonderful and flexible. I think around 102 she starts to put her foot down but below that and she's fine with giving them meds with our consent and making sure they're acting/eating relatively okay. I think I feel more guilty about it than her most of the time. I don't want to cause a rift. There's only a couple families in the home and we're all friendly.

In any case, I appreciate the insight. DH was home today so if necessary it will be my turn tomorrow. LO's temp was back to 98 by lunchtime. We'll check it in the a.m. and keep our fingers crossed.

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eek.. sorry. I worked 12 hours and couldn't get back to the thread until now.

I appreciate and understand all views. I knew when I posted it was going to sound like I was just trying to drop a sick kid with DCP and run. It's totally not the case. I appreciate what doodah says and I agree - I would be PO'd as a parent if my healthy kid was at daycare with a kiddo who was legit sick all the time. I absolutely do not blame DCP for her policies. But as others have pointed out, when you work out of home, it gets dicey to keep missing so many days in the month just because of a 100.2 fever and no other symptoms.

As I said, DCP is really wonderful and flexible. I think around 102 she starts to put her foot down but below that and she's fine with giving them meds with our consent and making sure they're acting/eating relatively okay. I think I feel more guilty about it than her most of the time. I don't want to cause a rift. There's only a couple families in the home and we're all friendly.

In any case, I appreciate the insight. DH was home today so if necessary it will be my turn tomorrow. LO's temp was back to 98 by lunchtime. We'll check it in the a.m. and keep our fingers crossed.

thanks, Mamas.
Hope your LO is feeling better, mama. Borderline illness is tricky. I really struggle with school and making that choice in the morning. DH would always send them and I would always keep them, so we almost always butt heads.
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I wouldn't send a noticeably sick child to daycare, but I sure wish I had a little more wiggle room for low grade fevers.

Doodah, not to argue with everything you posted in rebuttal to my post, but I did include this little disclaimer in there. I would never, ever, ever send a child that needs TLC to daycare.
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Re: Fever and daycare policies

I wouldn't send a noticeably sick child to daycare, but I sure wish I had a little more wiggle room for low grade fevers.

Doodah, not to argue with everything you posted in rebuttal to my post, but I did include this little disclaimer in there. I would never, ever, ever send a child that needs TLC to daycare.
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I think right now, people are freaking out about the flu. So, providers and parents are not willing to be flexible. I bet a provider would be totally flexible in May.
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I've never really understood the "teething" thing. DS never had a fever when he was teething, so it's just odd to me.
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I believe there is some debate about whether teething causes fevers or not.
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LOL I have had EVERYTHING blamed on teething....violent tantrums, aggressive behavior, and all sorts of things.
Just fwiw - some of my kids have gotten a fever for a day, then wake up with a tooth the next morning, and that's their only teething symptom. If they do it with the first tooth, it continues with every tooth.
Some have no symptoms (DD) and some get really grouchy for a day, along with a fever (DS3!). We don't blame teething for anything until after the tooth comes through, though, so it's always in retrospect.
While they have the fever (or even just red, flushed cheeks), we keep them with us and don't send them around other kids.

But, just FTR, for some kids, a slight fever is all they get for a teething symptom.

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Can you imagine a daycare provider being able to provider ANY extra attention to a sick child when they have anywhere from several to 20+ other children to care for?
I kwym. Even just at home, I hate it when DH is gone and one of the kids is sick cuz I have to care for them and the other kids. When it's both DH and I home, we split care so the sick kid pretty much has one-on-one care.
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