Fever Fevers are common in young children and are often a signal that something is wrong. If your child has a fever of 101.0F or higher, please keep him or her home. If your child develops a fever of 101.0F or higher while at MOPS KIDS, you will be called to pick him/her up. If your child’s fever is less than 101.0 F, you will be notified and you may express your wishes to us at that time. Our policy is that your child must remain free of fever for 24 hours before returning to MOPS KIDS, and area pediatricians agree with this policy. The 24 hours begins when your child’s fever has broken and remains in a normal range.
Diarrhea and Vomiting Diarrhea due to illness is highly contagious. If your child has diarrhea, please keep him/her home. If your child has 3 or more diarrhea episodes, or any uncontained diarrhea while at MOPS KIDS, you will be called to pick him/her up. Our care providers use gloves while changing diapers and use proper hand washing techniques between diaper changes. The changing table is also disinfected after every diaper change. Please understand that germs from diarrhea can be spread through carpets, toys, swings and direct contact. It is very difficult to keep from spreading these germs to other children.
If your child vomits while at MOPS KIDS, you will be called immediately to pick him/her up. Please keep your child at home until 24 hours after the vomiting has stopped. When children return too soon, there is a much higher rate of recurrence and contagiousness.
Coughs and Colds Colds are a common occurrence. However, there are some symptoms that warrant keeping a child home. These include, but are not limited to: bad cold with hacking or persistent cough, green or yellow nasal drainage, productive cough with green or yellow phlegm being coughed up. These symptoms may be present with or without a fever.
If your child has just a cold, please notify their teacher. We encourage extra fluids and proper hand washing. If your child cannot participate in the ordinary daily routine, he/she is probably too sick to be in MOPS KIDS.
Rash A rash may be a sign of many illnesses, such as measles or chicken pox. In infants, an external rash may be a sign that something is going on internally. Please do not send your child to MOPS KIDS with a rash until the doctor says it is OK to do so.
Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease The viruses that cause HFMD can be found in an infected person's nose and throat secretions, blister fluid or feces. It is most contagious during the first week of illness but can be contagious for days or weeks after as well. This spreads like WILDFIRE in childcare communities so we ask that you please consult your child's doctor to make sure they aren't contagious anymore before returning to MOPS KIDS.
Doctor’s OK In some instances you will be asked to keep your child home until we have written permission from your doctor saying your child is well enough to return to MOPS KIDS. Please understand this is for your child’s well being along with the well being of the healthy children at MOPS KIDS and their families.
Medications If your child goes to the pediatrician and is prescribed medication, please keep your child home until they have completed 24 hours of antibiotic treatment. Due to legal reasons, our caregivers do not administer medications.
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