So my first encounter with daycare crud has occurred. I can understand if someone brings their kid to daycare and they don’t yet know/realize their child is sick. It happens. But this is the gym daycare, and they very clearly state your child isn’t allowed on the premises if he or she is sick.
As I am dropping off my kiddo, this child comes running up and grabs my left hand asking me to get him toys. I gently tugged my hands loose and told him he should ask one of the women who work at the daycare, because I wasn’t allowed to give him toys. I was preoccupied, and didn’t notice his swollen eye.
I rubbed my eyes, because I was having allergy trouble. Mistake.
I approach Karen, my favorite daycare employee, and stop, because she looks like she’s having an uncomfortable discussion with one of the other parents. I saw her gesture toward the child who had just grabbed my hand. She was asking the parent to please take their child, because sick kids weren’t allowed at the daycare.
He hadn’t looked or acted sick, so I was baffled. It was then that I noticed his eye. He had pink eye, one of the most contagious kid diseases out there, easily spreadable. I frowned, glad I hadn’t touched my son’s things or his toys. I quickly went to the restroom and washed my hands, and grabbed some of the antibacterial wipes they use to wipe down all the toys. I wiped down my stroller and my diaper bag to be safe.
I’d forgotten I’d already touched my eye.
This morning I woke up with my eye crusted shut, an awful and disgusting symptom of pink eye. Something I had never even contracted as a child. Thankfully my son didn’t get it, but I am pretty unhappy that I have to deal with it. I feel like it was incredibly irresponsible of that parent to bring their child to daycare knowing he had a very contagious disease.
Where do you fall on this? Do you think it’s irresponsible? Do you think sick kids should be allowed to go to daycare? I’d love to hear your thoughts. In the meantime, I’ll be over here with all the eyedrops, willing this to go away as quickly as possible.
– Monster Mama