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DAILY HEALTH CHECKS
Child Care Providers are responsible for protecting the health,
safety, and well being of children who attend their child-care facilities.
At Luisa’s Child Care in Amarillo, Texas, we know that children’s
health can change quickly! Children who are healthy and safe
are better prepared to grow and learn to their full potential.
A health check is a quick evaluation of a child’s body,
mood, and behavior. The purpose of a health check is to notice
any illnesses or health concerns the child might be experiencing.
Daily health checks are an important tool
to help me identify sick or injured children.
Therefore, each child’s day begins with a simple health check,
and it is completed before the parent or guardian leaves to work.
This is a quick way to make sure all children attending
are healthy enough to be in my Daycare Program.
I will not be able to tell when a child in my care is feeling well enough
to participate in activities, or recognize when a child is too sick
to stay in my Daycare Program, if that child is crying upon arrival
or doesn’t want to stay. Therefore, all children, including new
enrollments, must be willing to stay at Daycare without crying
in order to effectively pass their required health check
and be admitted in a peaceful manner for childcare.
In addition to daily health checks, my program has specific guidelines
to help me decide whether a child is too sick or not healthy enough
to stay for child care. I must always consider the health of other
children in my program. Daily health checks also provide
a record of any changes in the child’s appearance or behavior.
I will do a series of Health Checks across the day if I suspect
a child is not feeling well, and if a child has been absent for illness.
Health Checks are too brief to notice any lingering symptoms!
For this reason, it is very important to evaluate your child’s
health on a daily basis at Home before attending Daycare.
All children are monitored throughout the day,
and are sent home as soon as they have
a fever (99f or greater) with illness symptoms!
Temperature tends to fluctuate during the day when a child
has been medicated with a fever/pain suppressant at home
before arriving at Daycare. They also become very lethargic
until the medicine wears off. The effects of the medication
only last 4 to 6 hours. It becomes clearly evident when
a child has been medicated! Therefore, it is best to take your
child to your Backup Sitter if you have medicated him/her
with a fever/pain suppressant before Drop-off Time at Daycare.
Sick children (affected by physical illness)
are required to stay Home, or with their Backup Sitter,
until “FEVER FREE” (lower than 99f)
“SYMPTOM FREE” for at least 24 hours,
(No: sore throat, runny nose, congestion, sneezing, or cough),
without the use of fever or symptom suppressing medications.
‼️“ILLNESS POLICY” IS STRICTLY ENFORCED
FOR AT LEAST 14 DAYS AFTER ONSET OF ILLNESS SYMPTOMS,
TO HELP PREVENT GETTING OTHERS SICK‼️
(Specified in “Operational Policy” and signed before enrollment)
Fortunately, Fever and Symptoms don’t last forever.
However, a viral infection usually lasts 7 to 14 days;
Two weeks (14 days) after onset of illness symptoms,
child may return to Daycare if fever has subsided to
normal (lower than 99f) for at least 24 hours AND
does not have acute/severe symptoms
caused by allergies or illness.
Children that have a NONCOMMUNICABLE ILLNESS;
(their temperature is normal, lower than 99f, without the use of
fever suppressing medications), yet are lethargic,
not feeling well, or are uncomfortable due to pain or
acute/severe symptoms; (runny nose, severe congestion,
constantly coughing😷, constantly sneezing 🤧 with mucus),
they will require care at Home, (not at Daycare),
for their own Health & Safety.
Children with MILD ALLERGY SYMPTOMS,
(mild congestion, mild sneezing with no mucus, or mild dry cough,
with a normal temperature lower than 99f,
without the use of fever suppressing medications),
may pass their Daily Health Check and be admitted for childcare,
but may not have a runny nose, severe/acute symptoms,
or a low grade fever of 99f or greater, for at least 24 hours.
My main concern and goal in caring for your child,
is to see your child grow physically, intellectually, socially,
and emotionally to the best of his/her ability.
EVALUATE YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH ON A DAILY BASIS
1) Is your child Happy😊, Healthy, and Comfortable?
Children are usually very fussy and demanding when they
are not feeling well, are sick, are in pain, or feel uncomfortable,
and therefore take time away from other children in care!!
2) Are there any illness symptoms present? 😷
If so, are they mild (stable)?
moderate (needs treatment)?
or severe (uncontrollable)?
Without the use of symptom suppressing
medications for the past 24 hours‼️
3) What is your child’s temperature? 🤒
Without the use of fever suppressing medications,
for the past 24 hours‼️
(Must be lower than 100f to pass Health Check)
4) Has your child been diagnosed with a viral infection
and is still fighting respiratory symptoms?
*sore throat 😥, congestion, runny nose, sneezing 🤧, or cough 😷
⚠️ VIRAL SYMPTOMS MAY BE
“MILD”, “MODERATE”, OR “SEVERE”,
AND MAY LAST 7 TO 14 DAYS.
A FEVER (99f OR GREATER) MAY NOT ALWAYS
OCCUR WITH A VIRAL INFECTION ⚠️
Allergy symptoms, never cause a fever,
and they usually last as long as you're
exposed to the allergen, which may be about 6 weeks,
or longer, during pollen seasons in the spring, summer, or fall.
Colds and flu rarely last beyond 2 weeks‼️
✔️Check with a health care provider if symptoms last
beyond 10 days or if worrisome symptoms are accompanied
with a persistent fever that lasts more than 24 hours.
Keep in mind that even a mild fever
could be a sign of a contagious illness. 😷
📕ALL RULES, REGULATIONS, AND POLICIES
THAT ARE IN PLACE AT LUISA’S CHILD CARE
ARE BASED ON EXPERIENCE, COMMON SENSE,
AND WISE JUDGMENT.
THEY HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED TO PROTECT
HEALTH AND SUPPORT SAFETY.
RESPECTFULLY COMPLYING WITH THEM
IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!