Primary Time: Wellness Etiqette and Nursery

If you have a child in Nursery or Primary, you may be concerned when the winter months hit. This is especially true in the nursery, where little ones are being exposed to germs for the first time. It is important that you follow the proper etiquette and exercise consideration for those around you when your child is sick. It can be very frustrating for your child to come home and gets sick a day or two after nursery class.

The same basic guidelines should apply as if you were sending your child to school. If your child has a fever, diarrhea, upset stomach or pink eye keep her home. Generally you should keep your child home until she is cleared from all symptoms for twenty-four hours. If your child has a cold, children with runny noses are discouraged from attending nursery. This is a bit trickier, because my son often develops sinus infections, which are not contagious. If I feel he is contagious I keep him out of nursery class.

My daughter had three different bouts of hand foot and mouth disease. (There are three different strains of the virus.) The only place she could have caught this at was in her Nursery class. Each time she was miserable. Granted, at times you might not realize that your child is sick until after church. It happens, but if you do know, please be considerate and keep your child out of nursery class for the day.

It is difficult to do, especially if you do not feel that your child is sick enough to warrant you staying home from church. But others will be grateful for your sacrifice. Nursery routines can be difficult to reestablish. Right now, we are going through this as we try to help our son return to nursery after we kept him with us due to a cold. He is having a hard time staying, but I know we will get him back on track!

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