Studies suggest that children in a day care environment are four hundred percent more susceptible to upper respiratory viruses than children with in-home childcare. According to Medline (a service of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health), daycare centers pose an increased health risk for children and staff because of the exposure to other children who may be sick.
According to David Geller, pediatrician, “Kids pass infections to each other easily in a group setting such as daycare, particularly during the winter months. You can't prevent it entirely, unless you switch to a nanny or decide to stay home yourself.”
On average, kids in daycare suffer from 10-14 colds a year. It typically takes two weeks to recover, which means a child in daycare has about one cold a month, if not more. Aside from the health detriments, sick children bring a whole set of challenges for busy parents:
Finding and paying for an alternative provider at the last minute, while also continuing to pay for the traditional daycare that can’t be used when kids are sick.
Spreading of illnesses to other family members – resulting in more sick children, time off work, etc.
Caring for sick children and the resulting lack of sleep.
Long term health implications of constant viruses, ear infections, strep throat, etc.
Increased health care costs.
It is important to carefully consider each of these implications when choosing the best childcare option for your family.