Report: Kids In Child Care Get More Illnesses

A new report confirms what many believed: children in child care get sick more often than kids who stay at home. However, things seem to balance out when elementary school starts.

Pay me now or pay me later.  That's a favorite expression in our house, and I think it applies to a new study about kids in child care getting sick more often than young children who stay at home.  

Researchers found kids placed in daycare before age two-and-a-half were more likely to develop respiratory and ear infections early in life.  However, those who were in a home care setting got sick most often between the ages of five and eight.  That's according to a new study of 1,200 families.

Pay me now or pay me later.

It's never fun for babies and kids to get sick, but it certainly is a fact of life.  Lauren has had her runny noses.  I certainly hope the study's authors are correct that she'll have fewer bouts of the sniffles when she gets a little older, perhaps paying the price now for an early exposure to more germs.  In the meantime, we'll do our best to keep her healthy.  Besides, no one likes those suction bulbs used on little noses before kids are old enough to blow their own nose.  

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  • by Barbara Location: Greenville on Dec 26, 2010 at 04:14 PM
    I just want to comment on children staying sick in daycare. I WAS A CHILDCARE WORKER for a number of years and I can honestly say that it depends on the sanitary measures of the facility such as handwashing,making sure that State regulations are followed such as cleaning toys.I find that as with any facility sanitation is essential to staying healthy.
  • by Kelly Location: Williamston on Dec 17, 2010 at 11:09 AM
    My son was in a large daycare for about 6 months & then went to a home daycare until he was 5 & started school. He was a little sicker when he was in daycare, always having a cold but since starting school has been pretty healthy. He is almost 9 now & has had very few ear infections or other things, other than 24 hour bugs, which seem to hit about once a year. I think it is great to let them build up their immunity in daycare & it gives them social skills also.
  • by Velvet Location: Windsor, NC on Dec 7, 2010 at 05:56 AM
    I have an almost 3 year old and a 10 month old. They are both home with me right now - never been in day care. The 3 year old seemed to get colds/allergies more the 1st two years, but has been VERY well for the most part for the last year. So, in our house, we seem to be the opposite of the study. The baby has been well also. Seems to always get a runny nose when cutting new teeth, but that is it for the most part. The study makes sense, but as with all things, it doesn't apply to everyone. Day care or not, kids are going to be exposed to germs everywhere..grocery store, family/friend gatherings. It's inevitable.
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