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 May 12, 2005
Health Tip: Day Care Diseases
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(HealthDay News) -- Most parents work at least part-time, either for personal growth or for financial survival -- which means their young children need to be cared for by someone else. This care typically takes place in an environment that puts their child in close contact with other children, and at increased risk of infection.

At young ages, children have immature immune systems, so they may acquire virtually every germ they are exposed to. As a result, when an infection is introduced into the day care setting, it usually makes the rounds of the entire room.

Duke University Medical Center advises you to choose the smallest day care group possible to reduce the number of children from whom your child can acquire infections. Also, make sure day care employees practice frequent hand-washing techniques.

If your child gets sick, provide lots of liquids and a fever control medication, and make sure he gets lots of sleep. If a fever persists, bring your child to the doctor as soon as possible.

-- Nancyann Rella

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