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#1 squirrel10

Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:07 PM

My DD is 13.5 months and started daycare two days a week when she was 11 months. Since then she has had a temp at least every 2 weeks, a cough that has lasted the whole time, gastro, hand, foot and mouth and brochiolitis. The poor thing is really suffering and I hate to see her so miserable. Everyone keeps telling me that babies get sick a lot whe they start daycare but this seems extreme to me. What do you think? Have you lived to see the other side of the endless daycare viruses?

#2 LemonPie

Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:17 PM

They say the 1st year is the hardest, but that the little ones bounce back as the are quite resilient. It builds up their immune system.

You will see light at the end of the tunnel so don't despair ;-)

Edited to add, yes - it does seem to even out and plateau off!

Edited by LemonPie, 14 January 2013 - 09:19 PM.


#3 watergirl

Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:21 PM

Agree with PP. It took approx a year for my son to stop getting constant colds, coughs, tummy bugs, etc. And he was in Family Day Care, so was only exposed to a small group of kids!

He just turned four and is in a daycare centre 3 days per week and rarely sick (touch wood). It does get better OP - its just a tough first year. Hope your little one feels better soon.

#4 Holidayromp

Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:22 PM

Its normal.  As their bodies get used to it the periods of illness will get further and further apart.  At the age of 10 my eldest daughter doesn't catch everything going around anymore whereas my youngest daughter 6 catches anything and everything and passes it on to her younger brother aged 2.

#5 Natttmumm

Posted 15 January 2013 - 06:35 AM

It's so crap. It took until 3 for mine to improve. I did ind the summer was usually better.
It was tough but I had to work so we roughed it out.
Hang in there

#6 feralangel

Posted 15 January 2013 - 06:49 AM

Yes, it is quite normal.  My eldest started day care aged 8 months and was constantly sick with all the illnesses you've described.  She is aged 2.5 now and rarely gets sick.  The first year was the hardest.

Hang in there - things will get better.

#7 FERALfoxgirls

Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:10 AM

Both my girls had day care 1 day a week when they were younger. We could almost set a timer to them getting sick after day care.


I don't really have any advice, it's just part of it.


#8 Bluenomi

Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:47 AM

DD's first winter in daycare was terrible, she spent more time off sick than she did in care.

Since then she's barely had a day off. The odd thing here and there but nothing like that first year.

#9 danielle1985

Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:00 AM

Agree with PP's. My son would be sick EVERY SINGLE WEEK (he only went 1 day!) and would recover just in time to go back and start the cycle again. He has now been in care for a year, and he is rarely sick now and when he is, it is nowhere near as severe nor does it last as long. Sprouting the mummy mantra- This to shall pass.

#10 Charli73

Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:10 AM

Yep DS started childcare at 11 months and went 2 days and was sick every 2nd week. He had numerous colds, a cough that never went away and a viral rash. He is now 22 months and doesn't seem to get sick much anymore.

There is a light at the end iof the tunnel. My DD starts childcare next month so I'm about to get the same thing all over again 😞

#11 Guest_divineM_*

Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:25 AM

Horrible 6 months were followed by slightly better 6 months. That was her first year. About to return for her 2nd year. Will see how we go! I did see an alternative health professional at the 6 month mark and things improved overnight! But that's only for those who believe in less conventional therapies. She then only had 2 colds in the second half of the year.


#12 squirrel10

Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:07 AM

Thanks everyone. Good to know it's normal and it will pass! Anyone given their bubs vitamins or immune boosters? A couple of friends have and their babies haven't been as sick. Might be worth a try?
DivineM - what sort of alternative health professional did you see? And what did they give your DD?

#13 EBeditor

Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:17 AM

You could try the inner health plus powder.That's what my dr recommended when DD was sick all the time. It was 9 months to 12 months of hell for each of them but now at 3 and 5 they rarely get sick, and if they do it's very mild. EG DS had a fever 2 nights ago but woke up fine the next day.

#14 Potatoes

Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:28 PM

I second the inner health plus powder - don't want to jinx her but I have been giving DD (now 26 months) this for the last 3 months and have not missed a day of day care since!  This was after 6 months of one illness after another.  May be worth a try?

#15 squirrel10

Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:04 PM

Just bought some inner health plus powder and will give that a go. I've also started taking it so she get a double-whammy dose through my breast milk!

#16 FreeRangeMum

Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:16 PM

Oh yes! My DD had a shocking first year! Then she's been really healthy for the most part (she will be 6 soon, and started daycare at 9 months.

My DS was sick from birth-12 months constantly! He wasn't even at daycare! But I imagine he DD was bringing home everything from daycare even though she wouldn't always have symptoms! Then he started daycare at 14 months and was fine lol! He'd already had everything!

Just prepare yourself for things to be bad again in winter for a while. The first winter is always so hard! As it is everywhere I guess! We use inner health plus as well on the recommendation of our GP. Lots of fresh air, and playing in the dirt!

#17 Le-a

Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:19 PM

Oh I'm right there with you OP! I've actually just vented about this on FB, as yet again, I have caught DS cold and have spent the day on the couch with something gross and croup-like - hoping for a miracle so I can work tomorrow...

DS has had everything your little one has had plus conjunctivitis. That was fun, putting drops in my poor squirmy toddlers eyes...

I'm constantly taking days off work to either look after my sick boy (so I'm not sending him to DC sick and making other families sick), or because I'm sick myself.

I'm having a hard time convincing people at work that I'm actually a really healthy person! Really, I am!

Hope it gets better for all of us soon.



#18 squirrel10

Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:27 PM

Ha Le-a! I was just thinking today that the only horrible infectious thing that DD hasn't had yet is conjunctivitis! I'm sure i've now jinxed myself...
Have you tried the inner health plus powder?

#19 namie

Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:38 PM

I agree with the PP who said horrible first 6 months and slightly better 6 months. DS1 then went on to have only 2 or 3 days off in his second year. I think 2 those days were when he had Hand Foot and Mouth.

On the plus side, DS2 has been so much less sick in his first year. I think he must have built up immunity before starting thanks to DS1 being in his first year at daycare and bringing home colds etc, and me breastfeeding while having all the headcolds which were passed on from DS1. I think DS2 has only had 5 sick days and is just coming up to 12 months going 2 or 3 days a week.

He does now have Hand Foot and Mouth thanks to another child in the nursery room and will miss a few days till he's recovered. Hopefully this is the only time he gets it!

#20 Le-a

Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:54 PM

QUOTE (squirrel10 @ 16/01/2013, 09:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ha Le-a! I was just thinking today that the only horrible infectious thing that DD hasn't had yet is conjunctivitis! I'm sure i've now jinxed myself...
Have you tried the inner health plus powder?


No, I haven't tried it but I'm definatley thinking about it now I've read this thread! Is it the stuff in a big pot they keep in the fridge at the chemist? It's a bit expensive, does it last a while?

Sending anti-conjunctivitis vibes your way ~~~~whoosh~~~

#21 Potatoes

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:51 PM

We use the one called inner health plus immune booster (think it's a slightly different mix of probiotics than the regular one).  It's about $22 in a bottle in the fridge at the chemist or health food store.  Does last quite a while though - only half a teaspoon a day for the dose.
Good luck to all - hopefully you are all on the tail end of the day care illnesses!

#22 Pearson

Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:56 AM

DS went to a centre where he got sick on the first of 3 days, each week.
I too thought it was normal, until I found them "hotbedding" the kids during a chickenpox epodemic in the centre (this was the year the vax came out).  I removed him straight away, berated the director for breaching the health dept and accreditation rulings and reported them.  

DD has been a little sick, but nowhere as much as DS was.

Also, I have known a lot of adults who have had a wicked dry cough since november too, so maybe it is just a weather thing, or air con?

#23 archersmumma

Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:59 AM

I was the same thinking when will it end when my DS started care as he was only going once a week so took longer to build up his immune, then he started going two days. To be honest it was probably a good 6 months of going twice a week before I noticed an improvement and I was thinking the other day, wow he hasnt been sick in ages (touch wood) there is def light at the end of the tunnel..... x

#24 Alpha_Chook

Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:09 AM

This is Eamons 3rd year in daycare and at first he got sick all the time. Endless trips to the doctor, cough after cough, gastro, sniffles, colds etc. Drove us batty!!! It does get better though, his last illness was in August and has been healthy since. I've been assured by many people that continual illness is normal once they start daycare till they build their immunity up to fight the many bugs that kids there have

#25 lozoodle

Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:21 PM

The inner health plus powder is worth every cent. Shop arpound, cincotta chemist has it under $20.

We have had a terrible year for illness, especially for dd2 who has febrile convulsions. We had a really bad patch of 1 convulsion in may, 2 in june and one in july all with cold type viruses. I started the powder immediately after her last one, every day without fail and she hasnt had one since, nor has she really been sock other than a little sniffle here and there. Dd1 seems a lot better too.




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