Daycare viruses and bacterias

Does your child attend daycare?

Your child will learn to make friends, take turns, share, and more.

But daycare is also a breeding ground for germs. Children are constantly getting into everything and putting their hands and other things in their mouths. And when they pick up a bug at daycare, they need extra care at home.

Most of these illnesses are nothing to worry about. They are minor infections that will go away quickly without any lasting effects. This guide has everything you need to know about some common illnesses your child may bring home.

Table of contents

  • Fever
  • Hand washing
  • Modes of transmission
  • A closer look at illnesses:
    • Chickenpox
    • Hand-foot-and-mouth disease
    • Fifth disease
    • Impetigo
    • Croup (stridulous laryngitis)
    • Molluscum contagiosum
    • Gastroenteritis
    • Pinworms
    • Head lice (pediculosis)
  • Can my child return to daycare?
  • Sources and references
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