It’S Not Okay If You Notice These Signs

Many new working moms struggle with when to stay home with baby if he’s sick or when it’s okay to go ahead and take him into daycare. Make the right choice with these tips.

Sick baby


No fever? It’s probably okay to take baby in. However, if baby is running a fever, you shouldn’t take him to daycare. If he’s really young, you should probably take him to the doctor right away.

Vomiting or diarrhea

If your baby has been vomiting or had diarrhea within 24 hours of when you need to take him to daycare, you should probably call your boss and let him know you won’t be in today. Either of those symptoms is a sign that baby is too sick to attend daycare, and he could get others around him sick. Stay home with baby until he is free and clear from vomiting and or diarrhea for at least 24 hours.

If those symptoms persist, it’s a good idea to use the time that you’re home with him to get him an appointment with the pediatrician -- especially if he’s not taking liquids or eating very much between vomiting or bouts of diarrhea.

Green/yellow mucus

All kids have a runny nose on occasion. But if your child has green mucus coming out of his nose or if he is coughing up the stuff, that’s a sure sign that you should keep him home.

Eye mucus

If you notice your child has goopy eye discharge building up in the corners of his eyes, she may have conjunctivitis (or pink eye), which is highly contagious. Get her to the doctor right away for prescription eye drops, and keep her out of day care until symptoms subside and she’s been given the prescribed drops for at least 24 hours.

When baby is sick, make sure you are even more diligent about washing his hands and face. Avoid contact with other kids while he's sick (and avoid contact with other sick kids when he is well!). Clean his toys often to ensure he’s not picking up his same old germs again and again.

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