- 2 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
You are not overreacting at all! Whooping Cough is a deadly disease! And even when it’s not fatal there can be long lasting effects. My husband has scar tissue in his lungs from when he had whooping cough as a kid (parents didn’t update his booster on time). He had to use an asthma inhaler when he played sports in high school because of it.
I would be researching other daycares as this one does not seem to be prioritizing the health of the children in thier care.
On a related note–how long do you think it should take for the pediatrician to return a call? I called about this whole thing when the office opened at 7:30, and they have yet to get back to me now at 11am. I’ve never had to call before since LO has been very healthy so far…but I kind of figured they’d be able to return a call within 2 hours…
I definitely get your frustration! Hope your baby is ok.
At our daycare, only the sibling who is sick is required to stay home. And from experience (not with a disease as serious as whooping cough, just regular fevers, stomach bug, etc), most parents with 2 kids at our daycare prefer to continue sending the healthy kid to school to further protect that child from the germs at home, and to let the parent home with the sick kid focus on comforting that child. Obviously they would still be in the same house in the evenings, but that doesn’t always mean they will both get sick.
Having said that, if you are able to keep your not-yet-fully-vaccinated child home in cases like this, it’s obviously going to help minimize risk for the child, which I’m sure we can all support!
I’m not sure if this is true at all, but I thought I remembered that when a kid has a confirmed case of pertussis, their immediate family is also put on the medicine (antibiotics?) as a precaution and to hopefully prevent their infection?? Maybe I made that up, but I thought I heard that before..
Has the daycare been cleaned by professionals to prevent the spread? This whole situation sounds like a nightmare…
You have every right to do what you think is best for your baby and stay at home or find a new one, but it’s hard for me to see people bashing a center for things that are largely out of their control. Kids are walking viruses and in places where they eat, play, breathe, etc. others are bound to get sick from time to time even if every protocol is followed.
I’m pretty sure most daycare centers do not require siblings to stay home if another is sick. Schools don’t require it either.
I would definitely talk to your pediatrician about it, but I don’t really think the daycare is doing anything wrong. I wouldn’t really expect a teacher to know anything about vaccination schedules either. I do think it’s a bit odd that your infant is in with kids that are all over a year old though, is it a montessori type place?
I will preface this all by saying that I totally understand being scared, especially since he’s your first and since he’s so teeny. I hope he’s ok and doesn’t end up with whooping cough!
I would ask the daycare to clarify their policy on vaccinations, if they don’t require them, then I would look elsewhere. However, keep in mind that even if they have a policy that requires vaccinations, people can get exemptions for religious or other reasons – so nothing is a guarantee. (For the record, I work in public health and think EVERYONE should be vaccinated.)
That being said, I don’t know of any daycare that has a rule that you have to keep home well siblings of sick kids. I honestly don’t think you’ll find that anywhere. You’re also quickly going to find out that whooping cough is literally everywhere at this time of year. I know it’s scary, especially with such a little one, but sadly that’s just the reality. I would be hesitant to take him to the doctor unless he really needs to go because that’ll just expose him to a ton more germs (and potentially more whooping cough). Best of luck, mama!
Also, I’d find a new daycare. I can understand allowing siblings in when another sibling has a garden variety cold or stomach bug. But I would expect them to ask the family of a patient with a communicable and POTENTIALLY DEADLY TO OTHER CHILDREN illness to stay home until everyone is cleared of it.
Reference: I’m an ER doctor with 8+ years of experience.
I’d find a new daycare. One that doesn’t endanger kids lives by allowing unvaccinated kids in. Absolutely ridiculous.