Winter Weather is Here!

snow playgroundIt’s that time of year again. Here are some tips for our families in colder climates… During cold weather, please provide your child with appropriately layered clothing to create insulation, including: mittens or gloves; caps, hoods, or hats; sweaters or sweatshirts; socks; and warm waterproof outerwear and footwear. Also, at the advice of our many experienced teachers, please label those articles of clothing as well. Stay warm!

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  1. DesiRee Hearn

    I feel compelled to write this as a result of something that happened yesterday during son’s pick-up. As the children were coming back inside from playing, I could not help but notice almost all of them had runny noses. With colder weather, this is, of course, to be expected. What I was unable to overlook, however, was a tiny girl with a very big cough. She had copious amounts of thick mucus running from both nostrils, and had a dry, barking cough. Being a registered nurse who works in pediatrics, I know this cough well, and it is croup. The mother mentioned something to the teacher she was speaking to that she had the cough for a couple of days. I understand that things develop throughout the day, where the child may be fine in the morning but by the afternoon whatever illness that’s been latent is now obvious. This was not the case here.

    This begs the question of how strict is the policy with regards to sick children being dropped off? I was actually quite angry, as the virus that causes croup is highly contagious; which means somehow this mother felt her job is more important than the health (and, in some cases, lives) of the other children in the room. Croup can turn into epiglottitis, which causes the epiglottis to swell and completely occlude the airway; leading to respiratory arrest and death.
    I told the other teacher in the room that I would be more than willing to offer a quick in-service to the parents/teachers/whomever would be willing to listen as far as the disease process of croup, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and influenza. Unlike most viruses which are generally fragile and do not attach to porous surfaces, RSV can live up to five hours on surfaces such as cloth, and for even longer in dirty tissues or other objects with mucus on it. I have seen babies die from RSV, have to be put on ventilators from croup, and spend weeks in the hospital due to complications from the flu. Every year I see numerous children hospitalized for these diseases, the spread of which can be controlled simply by keeping sick children at home.
    It is not at all ok for the parents of known sick children to drop them off, exposing other children to these illnesses. ***No job is more important than a child’s life.***

    I’ve included links to websites which offer quick, easy to understand descriptions of these illnesses for reference purposes.

    Croup: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001955/

    RSV: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002531/

    Flu: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_141964.html
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2722601/

    Thank you for your time,

    DesiRee Hearn

    • Hi, thank you for the comment. I suggest that you call our Customer Care team at 888.525.2780 so they can look into this matter. Please provide them with your location as well. Thank you for the note. Kind regards, Traci

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