Day care health risks

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Children in day care centers are often around other children who may be sick. Therefore, children in day care are more likely to develop infections than children who do not go to day care. Respiratory infections, ear infections, and diarrhea are common at day care centers. Some research has linked asthma to day care.

However, keep in mind that being exposed to the large number of germs in day care may actually IMPROVE your child’s immune system in the long run.

Teach your child to wash his or her hands before eating and after using the toilet. Infection is spread most often by children putting dirty toys in their mouths, so check your day care’s cleaning practices. Keep your own children home if they are sick.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 4, 2012
by Janet G. Derge, M.D.

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