5 Tips When Your Child Is Always Sick At Daycare

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That helpless feeling when you don’t know what to do anymore because your child is ALWAYS sick at daycare. I have been there. Feeling so guilty as I wanted to be with my child. Guilty because of all the days I had to take off from work.

Our eldest started daycare at 15 months, for a year she was always sick!

Our lives consisted out of an endless stream of ear infections, low-grade fevers, tummy bugs and at the end she also had hand foot and mouth disease. You name it; we have seen it all! I use to refer to her as ‘Patient ZERO’  because she was sick so often, and she infected us and her friends sick too.

Although illness during the first year at daycare is a reality, there are ways to reduce their occurrence.

Daycares are the perfect breeding ground for germs. You have little hands touching everything and sneezing and coughing all over each other.

Research suggests that children who attend daycare settings get less sick when they are older. However, this fact provides little solace when you are running out of family responsibility leave days, and the doctors’ bills are piling up.

RELATED: Leaving Your Baby At Daycare For The First Time: Top Tips for Mom and Baby

Here are 5 Tips When Your Child Is Always Sick At Daycare

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1. Hand washing

Get back to basics and teach your child to wash hands. If your child is little, you can do it for them and also start modelling the behaviour. Also, mention it to your caregiver that they should assist your child if need be.

TIP:  check if there are hand washing basins at various locations within the daycare. Example, a basin in the vicinity of the changing station is a MUST. Read further on Dettol’s tips on how to encourage hand washing to protect your family.


2. Fill up their sleep tank

Ensure your child gets as much rest as they need, herewith a sleep needs chart to check how many hours roughly per day our child needs. By having their ‘sleep tank’ full they are in a better position to fight off illnesses. A tired child is more susceptible to falling sick.

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3. Eating Fruits and Vegetables (Plus Vitamins and Immune Boosters)

Encourage your child to eat a healthy balanced diet.  Herewith a useful article from Food Lover’s Market, on creative ways to encourage kids to eat vegetables. A daily vitamin is an excellent way to boost their intake, although ideally, they should obtain most of their nutrients from their food.

In some cases, immune boosters may be needed. Discuss an immune booster with your doctor.

I conducted an informal poll on my Instagram Stories and seven of the parents who commented back advised that they do provide their child with some form of immune boosters and or vitamins. However, the visits to the doctors’ rooms were still high.

4. All sick policies are not equal

My eldest who is now four years old attended two daycare facilities. The first one accepted all levels of sickness and were lax about sending kids home who was ill. The relaxed approach meant that kids tended to get sick a lot more. The second daycare had a stricter policy, and they would call you to fetch your child even if they had a runny nose. In hindsight, I prefer the second option as this ensures that the daycare environment remains healthy.

5. Check vaccine policies

Most schools require a child’s up to date vaccination card as part of the application process. For me, it gave me comfort to know that each child has been vaccinated.’

Following these tips will help you when your child is always sick at daycare.

BONUS TIP: Practically, how to deal with days off work

Two things which came through from my Instagram stories feedback are:

  • If both parents or any family members can share the ‘days off’. We did this in our home and lessened the pressure at work for both my husband and me.
  • Aim to organise work from home days where appropriate.



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Disclaimer: This Post was done in collaboration with Dettol South Africa.

Author: Cherralle

Mom, wife and career loving parent. This blog focus on career and work life topics for mothers.

53 thoughts on “5 Tips When Your Child Is Always Sick At Daycare”

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    I didn’t even consider that lack of sleep leads to illness for kids. Good points you’re sharing.

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  9. Such handy tips, my sick was on and off school continously for two months this season, it has been a nightmare.

    1. Thanks Pam, it is quite stressful for the whole family. Don’t forget to share your favourite dettol product to enter the giveaway.

  10. Dettol hand wash is great for hand hygiene, especially with a kid who love to bake cakes almost every day of the week! 🙂

  11. Definitely the hand wash! I’m OCD about hand washing…mine and my kids. My husband isn’t allowed to even touch my face until he has gone to wash his hands. If he just got out of the shower, means nothing, because he touched the door and cupboard handles to get clothes out. So back to hand washing. I love the dettol hand wash…gives me great peace of mind.

    Great giveaway!

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    Cannot leave the house without it. I even got a pack in my car!! 😆😆😆😆😆
    It will help during the Winter Cold season.

  14. Dettol Hand Sanitiser is my favourite Dettol product. I’m addicted to all things Dettol, apparently I’m a germophobe 😅😅😄😄 but my little adventure-seeker has cured me 🤗🤗😍

  15. I believe it, Dettol is the world’s #1 Germ Protection brand. I always use Dettol sope. Dettol is the best soap which is famous for its high hygiene properties and ingredients which helps us to feel clean and hygiene every time after wash or bathDettol soap is the best soap for the use of washing the hands before and after meals Which cleans the hand completely.

  16. This is a great post! My son is currently sick and hasn’t been to daycare for the last 3 days 🙁 it’s been a long week (and weekend) with my little grumpy soul!
    My favourite Dettol product is the Dettol Hygiene Liquid Handwash. I have one in my kitchen and each of the bathrooms!

  17. My favourite dettol product is definitely the hand wash. I have a strict rule about everyone washing hands with dettol soap when we get home, getting rid of al lthe germs from trolleys, school, door handles etc.

  18. Wow, difficult to choose 1 product, but i definitely live by bathing every time with the Dettol Antiseptic, i was raised that way, and teach my kid that way too…. The best!

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