Do You Feel As If You Are Constantly Missing Work Because Your Baby is Sick?

Do You Feel As If You Are Constantly Missing Work Because Your Baby is Sick?

Female Doctor Checking BabyInfants and toddlers seems as if they are constantly sick for the first years of their life, especially, if they attend daycare.  When my son was younger and we put him in daycare, it seemed as if he was sick with something every few weeks.  We have to alternate days off and one of us would have to end up staying at home with him because he wasn’t able to go to daycare.  Of course, if your like any working mom or dad you usually have a very limited supply of sick days, in some cases you don’t have any time off, and some bosses aren’t understanding or sympathetic if you have to call in because your child is sick.  But as a mom or dad sometimes you have to do what is best for you and your family.  If your boss gives you a hard time, provide them with a doctor’s note so that they know that you were being honest when you called in.

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Don’t Send Your Child to Daycare Sick

As tempting as this sounds, don’t send your child to daycare if you know that they are sick or still contagious.  This spreads germs to the other children at the daycare center.  If you send your child to daycare sick, often times they are miserable and they end up infecting healthy kid.  This is how viruses and illness are spread.  Once your child is well, then you can send them back to daycare.  You don’t have to keep them home for every little sniffle but keep them at home when they are clearly sick, ie fever, vomiting, diarrhea, pink eye, have head lice, or are clearly contagious.

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7 Responses

  1. I guess this is one of the advantages of being a stay-at-home mom. No filing for absence at work, no getting questioned by the boss, etc. Of course, we’d all rather not have our kids sick. :)

  2. Sharon says:

    Oh boy, I do not miss this drama. I was still working until we had our fifth kid and I said, “THIS IS IT BABE! No more!”

    The guilt, finding alternative care, missing work…I always felt so bad for my babies when I was working and they were sick.

    Excellent tips, Christy. It’s so hard to balance mommyhood and work

  3. I can definitely attest to the fact that sick days will dwindle as your child ages. My first was a preemie and she was sick constantly. By the time she was in middle school, she was much healthier. Today she is age 22 and rarely sick. Hang in there moms! It gets better with time.

  4. Pamela R says:

    working at home don’t have this issue =}

  5. DelSheree says:

    I had no idea there was such a thing a drop in sick care. That is a great concept. I doubt our small town has one, but I’m glad that’s an option in some areas.

  6. It would be so hard to juggle work and a sick baby. I wonder if that care.com is a good resource. Have you seen that?

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