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When is your child too sick for school?

Posted on 18 February, 2015 at 7:39 Comments comments (306)
Children in child care or preschool have a higher chance of getting sick because they're around more children more often. To help decrease the chance of passing on colds and other viruses, parents with children who have a contagious illnesses should keep a sick child home. This, however, is sometimes more complicated than it sounds. By the time certain illnesses (such as virus-associated rashes) are diagnosed, a child may no longer be contagious and can usually return to child care or preschool right away.
Keep your child home  if he has any of the following:
• Fever, irritability, lethargy, persistent crying, or difficulty breathing. All of these can be signs of illness.
• An upper respiratory illness such as bronchitis or influenza. If your child has a fever, too, he should definitely stay home. The common cold, on the other hand, isn't reason enough to stay home.
• A gastrointestinal illness. A child with diarrhea that can't be contained by diapers or by using the toilet regularly should stay home until his condition improves. Also, children whose stools are bloody or have mucus in them should stay home; it could be the sign of a viral or bacterial infection. (Give your pediatrician a call!) A child who is vomiting persistently should also skip child care or preschool until he's better.
• A rash, though only if you're sure it's linked to an infection (many aren't). If your child's rash is not linked to a fever or other symptoms he can probably go to preschool or child care. What's more, if a rash is associated with an illness (usually a virus) rather than dry skin or a condition such as eczema, the peak of contagiousness has usually passed by the time the rash appears, and your child can go to preschool or child care.
Children with chicken pox can return to preschool or Child care on the sixth day after their rash appears, sooner if the sores have dried and crusted over. Children with impetigo (another contagious skin disease) can go back after 24 hours of antibiotics, and kids with scabies can return to preschool or child care after they've been treated. Children who get a rash from the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccination are not contagious.
Aside from keeping your child home when they are ill, good hygiene goes a long way toward preventing the spread of infection. Frequent, thorough hand washing is important for your child — and the child care or preschool's staff and the other children. This is especially important after changing diapers, blowing noses, cleaning up any bodily fluids (urine, stool, phlegm), and before preparing food.

Parenting Styles

Posted on 10 August, 2011 at 14:43 Comments comments (150)
Well, here goes my first blog post.  I have had many of you telling me for some time that I needed to share my view points, wisdom, and knowledge gained from the school of hard knocks.  Eighteen years as a family child care provider and thirty-two years as a parent, and now a grandmother of three has given me some insights and philosophies that help to make me who I am. 

Albeit, many days I feel like Shrek a misunderstood ogre.  Some days I seem to have the job of being the daycare policeman, when I get to take the toy or the treat at the door.  Which make me bare the guilt of causing the dramatic melt down that  leaves me feeling guilty for starting my favorite child care parent's mornings off badly.  For this I really do apologize. Let's deal with the whys of that in our next parent-teacher conference or meeting during our question and answer session.  This morning I would like to talk about parenting styles.

I found a wonderful blog written by a family child care provider that I think really provides interesting insights on parenting styles go to .  I would like to hear from those who read this.  What do you think your parenting style is?  I would like to believe that I am an authoritative parent and provider, but sometimes I have to admit that  I battle being too authoritarian.  My goal is always finding that balance that maximizes the best in children.  Knowledge is power and I hope that you find the insights of this article helpful. I look forward to the many insightful comments we can share with one another on improving and maximizing our parenting styles.  When we work together as parent and provider we are building competent leaders for the future.  It is worth perfecting.  Thanks for visiting our child care page and for sharing your insights with us.  Come back often and soon.