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Illness

MANAGEMENT OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

All staff is trained in First Aid/CPR and to recognize the signs of communicable disease and other illness.  Each child shall be observed daily.

 

Signs of illness include the following:

  1. Temperature of 100 degrees or more 

  2. Skin rash

  3. Diarrhea and /or vomiting three times or more

  4. Evidence of lice infestation, nits, scabies or other parasitic infestation

  5. Severe coughing

  6. Difficult or rapid breathing

  7. Yellowish skin or eyes

  8. Evidence of conjunctivitis (pink eye)

  9. Stiff neck

  10. Untreated infected skin patches

  11. Unusually dark urine and/or gray or white stool

  12. Sore throat or difficulty in swallowing

  13. Complaints by child, fussiness

  14. "Listless" behavior

  15. Symptoms of a cold

  16. Decreased appetite

 

When a child exhibits one or more of behaviors 1- 12, a determination will be made by the director regarding the discharge of the child to a parent.  If the child is to be dismissed, the parent will be notified and the child must be picked up within the hour.

 

If the above listed behaviors 13- 16 are noted, but none of the first twelve signs are observed, the parent will be informed and it will be their decision whether the child will remain in the care of the center or be picked up.  If the child remains at the center but their condition worsens or they cannot participate in any activity, the parents will be call and asked to pick the child up.

 

In cases in which the parents cannot be reached, the emergency number listed by the parents will be called.  The child will be released to that person.

 

Children can be readmitted once they have been symptom free for 24 hours or with a note from doctor indicating they are not contagious.

 

Antibacterial soaps are available at all hand washing facilities for staff as well as children.  Paper towels are available for drying hands.  Mats, tables, toys, etc... are disinfected regularly.  Good nutrition and appropriate health habits are encouraged by the staff.

 

MEDICATION

All medication administered by staff must be authorized by the child's parent or guardian by completing an Administration of Medication Form.  Only medicine that has been prescribed by a doctor may be given. Prescription medication must be administered from the original container provided by your pharmacy with child's name and dosage clearly printed.

Non-prescription medication can be given with a signed, dated and written authorization from the child's physician.  This authorization shall include the name of medication, dosage, and instructions for administration.  

 

 

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