Anxiety in Motherhood · New and/or Interesting Experiences

Pink Eye With A Side Of Frustration

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

7 thoughts on “Pink Eye With A Side Of Frustration

  1. Ugh, I feel like at a gym daycare there is no excuse! When I saw your post on insta I was thinking this was like a full-day daycare. No one needs to go to the gym so badly that they need to bring their sick kid and get everyone else sick. I occasionally bring my daughter to the nanny’s house when she is sick and feel bad because she has kids, but my husband and I work full time and aren’t able to take full days off from work for every little sniffle. Hope you are feeling better soon and that the rest of the family doesn’t end up with it.

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  2. Ugh! I’m so sorry. I feel so bad for you. There is absolutely no excuse for a gym daycare. I cringe every time a new illness is posted at my kids’ daycare. I hope you kick it quickly! If you have any pumped breast milk it helps! (Not to be one of those moms– just sharing a tip) haha!

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      1. I guess so?? My friend swears by it. Thank goodness we have never had conjunctivitis so I haven’t tried it first hand! lol I’m glad you’re better though!!

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      2. I will have to see if that works – if I ever wind up with it again! I’d never had it until now, I’m just glad by some miracle the baby didn’t get it. *phew* And thank you! It’s nice to be able to touch my eye without running to the bathroom! Lol.

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  3. This is a difficult one. As a working parent, you need daycare. But…. Things like a runny nose or cough don’t bother me. Things like strep or pink eye do. There is no easy solution. If your child is contagious keep him/her home.

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    1. I could understand possibly trying to take the child to a normal daycare – but to a gym daycare? There just isn’t much of an excuse! I feel regardless that a contagious child should be kept away from other kids. Thank goodness I’m mostly healed at this point.

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