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Doing Time: What It Really Means To Grow Up In Daycare
by May Saubier, ©2012
Babies need toys. Babies put toys in their mouths. Daycare workers cannot sterilize each toy after each baby has placed it in their mouth, nor can they designate several toys to each baby to be used throughout the day. The result is an obvious one. The babies were in continual contact with each others’ saliva and nose excretions through the toys shared within the room. It is true the toys were sterilized in the evening to begin the next day germ free. This does not prohibit the spreading of illness even with a thorough sanitation routine in place.
Category = Caregiver, Disease
Doing Time: What It Really Means To Grow Up In Daycare
by May Saubier, ©2012
Other Culprits to Spreading Sickness
As was previously mentioned, children in daycare are often fighting to take away other children’s toys, bottles, pacifiers, etc. Therefore, while daycare workers are scrambling to ensure their relative safety and to provide the very basics for the children, babies have the ability to bottle snatch. If one ten-month-old is given her bottle, chances are there is another baby who is crawling about wishing it were time for his bottle. This is why children often lose their bottles to stronger babies who crawl by and decide to snatch them away. Of course, daycare workers recognize a bottle as belonging to one particular baby and it doesn’t take long before it is returned to its rightful owner. By this time, however, the stronger baby has already ingested the other infant’s germs. Even worse were the times the swiped bottle contained the pumped breast milk of another baby’s mother.
Category = Caregiver, Disease
Doing Time: What It Really Means To Grow Up In Daycare
by May Saubier, ©2012
Because young children and babies are very accident prone, most daycare rooms are completely carpeted or partially carpeted. This encourages another common breeding ground for germs. Babies continually spit up and sick babies often throw up. State regulations might mandate that spit up on the rug be wiped clean with a bleach solution. This is a nice thought that makes parents feel better about placing their child on the rug where he will spend the day. In reality, daycare workers are (too busy) to be running for the bleach solution every time a little spit up hits the rug. Not only are germs accumulating on the rug, they gather on the blankets and pillows on the floor, on the fabric portion of the baby swing, on the highchairs, on the stationary crawlers, etc. Even the most sanitary conscious workers in the world cannot keep up.
Category = Caregiver, Disease
Doing Time: What It Really Means To Grow Up In Daycare
by May Saubier, ©2012
While working in the infant room, my hands were drier than any desert because I continually washed them hoping to avoid another illness. I continued to get sick despite my efforts. At my local doctor’s office, everyone began to know me by name. In contrast to my normal excellent health, I was there just about every other week. During this time, I had a reoccurring Strep infection in my throat, several ear infections including one that came very close to bursting my ear drum, a stomach virus that had me living in the bathroom for two days and continual colds and sinus infections.
Category = Caregiver, Disease
Doing Time: What It Really Means To Grow Up In Daycare
by May Saubier, ©2012
Daycare children are constantly ill because their peers are attending “school” sick and spreading germs as was described above. Even if you are currently a responsible daycare parent who always keeps your children home when they are sick, understand many parents at your facility are sending their sick children to the center to spend the day in close contact with your healthy child.
Category = Caregiver, Disease
Doing Time: What It Really Means To Grow Up In Daycare
by May Saubier, ©2012
Illness in Older Daycare Children
While the majority of this chapter has focused on sick babies, older daycare children also suffer from chronic illness. The three and four-year-olds do not become immune to “daycare nose” and germs still spread rapidly despite the fact that they no longer put every toy in their mouths. Young children are not at all hygienic by nature. Sneezes and coughs are not always contained with a tissue and germs are easily passed along via shared materials.
Category = Caregiver, Disease
Doing Time: What It Really Means To Grow Up In Daycare
by May Saubier, ©2012
The reason I have written this aside note regarding breastfeeding is I saw a huge contradiction. Here was a woman who was highly educated, had completed research on the benefits of breast milk and had made a decision, no matter how difficult, to breastfeed throughout her son’s infancy. She would express her milk rather than eat lunch and would probably have to do so at home too when her children were asleep. Here lies the contradiction. She would then leave her children forty( +) hours a week to spend their days with strangers in daycare. The only conclusion I can make is that so much has been said about the benefits of breastfeeding and yet very little is said about the benefits of actually being present when one’s children are young.
Category = Caregiver, Politics

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