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For the control of infectious diseases in our Child Care Center, the following guidelines provided by the Association for Practitioners in Infectious Disease Control (APIC East Central Pennsylvania) have been adopted and will be enforced.

In a child care setting, children under the age of five years are developing an immunity system and consequently may be sick from colds, viruses and flues until they build up their immunities. According to statistics, children under the age of three years old may average two illnesses a month.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, regulations for Child Day Care Centers, “…The day care center staff shall have the option to deny care to ill children on any given day, or to request that a child be removed from the facility if the child is determined by the day care staff to be too ill to remain in care. If the day care center staff decides that a child is too ill to remain in the facility for the remaining period of the day, the day care staff shall notify the parent immediately that the child must be removed from the center…”

To minimize sickness in our center by preventing the spread of germs, we must exclude those children who show symptoms of illnesses and diseases to include but not limited to the following:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Cold with rash
  • Cold, not acting well enough to participate in activities, lethargic, crying, may or may not have a fever
  • Cold and/or cough with temperature of 100.6 degrees
  • Bronchitis or croup
  • Rash or any type of skin disruption
  • Pink eye
  • Herpes
  • Strep throat
  • Communicable disease, chicken pox, measles
  • Severe coughing, sneezing and/or runny nose
  • Parasitic infection
  • Unusual fatigue and/or irritability
  • Any communicable disease
  • Impetigo
  • Chicken Pox
  • Any communicable disease

Children sent home due to the above may need to been seen by a physician. Children having temperatures of 100.6 degrees or above should only return to the center after their temperature is normal for a 24-hour period without the aid of Tylenol or other fever reducing medication. Children prescribed to take an antibiotic for a communicable disease/infection should be on the medication for at least 24 hours before returning to the center. It is important that children returning to the center after having been sick need to be strong and well so as not to be as susceptible to other illnesses.


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