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Berg, Toni (505) 883-5680 ex.46194 Nurse
Higgins, Olivia (505) 883-5680 ex.46041 Nurse Assistant

Health office information

Medicine given to baby:

You should not leave medicines (over-the-counter such as Tylenol, or prescription medicines) in the childcare room, in diaper bags, vehicles, lockers or classrooms. All medications must be stored during the day in the health office. You must take medicines to the health office where the medicine will remain until the end of the day. You must fill out the medicine form each time a new medicine is brought to school. Medicines must be given to your child in the health office, not in your childcare room.

NFS Child Development and Parenting Center is not licensed to care for ill children. Ill children should remain at home until they feel well enough to participate in childcare activities. Children that have fever the night before, vomiting, or diarrhea, should not be brought to school the next day. Children taking medication that makes them sun sensitive should remain at home or wear sunscreen with a doctor’s approval. The childcare staff cannot provide separate care for a child who cannot play outside.

Immunization:

It is a state law that all children in childcare centers must have up-to-date immunizations. You must bring an up-to-date record of your child’s immunizations to the childcare manager, as well as the health office. The health staff will record those immunizations on the childcare form that is kept there. If an up-to-date record of a child’s immunizations is not in the childcare manager’s files, as well as the health office, a child cannot enroll in or attend NFS Child Development and Parenting Center. If your child is scheduled for his or her immunizations, but this appointment is after your child’s immunization due date, you simply need to give a copy of this appointment to the childcare manager by the immunization due date. This appointment should not be more than one or two weeks past your child’s immunization due date. Once your child receives his or her immunizations, you need to bring the updated shot record to the childcare manager and the health office immediately. In the event a child has been unable to get his/her immunizations, you should talk with the childcare manager and the health office staff.

 

Based on state requirements for exclusion from childcare due to symptoms of illness, the NFS Health Office and the Childcare Manger make determinations regarding whether a child’s symptoms of illness are significant enough to result in his/her exclusion from childcare.

Fever:

The NFS Health Office staff may send your child home or they may advise you to consult a doctor when your child has a fever. If the health office staff determines your child has a fever, you will care for your child in the health office until you can take your child home or to the doctor. The State guidelines for exclusion from childcare for fever are 101 degrees Fahrenheit or greater or an armpit temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater. Once your child is excluded from childcare due to fever, he or she must be free of fever for 24 hours before returning to childcare.

Diarrhea and vomiting:

The NFS Health Office staff will send your child home and may advise you to consult a doctor if there is a fever with diarrhea/vomiting, or if your child is less than two months old. The health office staff cannot differentiate between diarrhea and vomiting caused by medication versus diarrhea and vomiting caused by illness; therefore, children with these symptoms will be excluded from childcare. Infants with documented cases of acid reflux who experience vomiting will be assessed by Health Office Staff to determine if other indications of contagious illness are present. Once your child is excluded from the childcare, he or she must be free of diarrhea or vomiting for 24 hours before returning to childcare. The following criteria are used:

-3 diarrhea diapers in one school day

-2 vomiting episodes in one school day

RSV:

RSV can be serious in babies and toddlers. If your child shows symptoms of RSV in the childcare center, we ask that you have your child evaluated by his or her doctor to avoid spreading the viral illness to other children.

Rashes:

Children with undiagnosed rashes will be given a referral by the health office to see a doctor to be cleared of contagious illness. This referral must be returned to the health office and the childcare manager following your child’s appointment.

Eye infection:

The NFS Health Office staff will recommend a doctor’s care for your child if your child has red, irritated eyes with yellow or green discharge. If your child has teary, watery eyes, your child may require a visit to a doctor if the health office staff determines the possibility of an eye infection. You will take a referral note from the health office requesting a response from your child’s doctor. The note must be returned to the NFS Health Office staff prior to returning your child to your childcare room. In the case of a 21 confirmed diagnosis of eye infection, your child must be under treatment 24 hours before your child can return to childcare.

Lice:

Occasionally, a staff member will find lice on the head of a child enrolled in childcare. The presence of lice does not mean that the child has poor hygiene. Anyone can get lice including older siblings, parents, teachers of children who are infected and other children in childcare. Head lice are transmitted by direct contact with an infested person, or by the sharing of brushes, combs, hats, scarves, bedding, towels or upholstered furniture. A child enrolled in childcare with suspected lice will be examined for lice in the health office. If the health office staff finds lice on your child, your child will be excluded from childcare until you can show proof of treatment to the health office staff. The health office staff will advise you concerning treatment for lice. Upon return to school, the health office staff will re-examine your child before permitting your child to re-enter childcare.

Return to childcare following illness:

If your child is absent from your childcare room for any illness you must check in with the health office before returning your child to your childcare room. When a child is sent home for diarrhea, vomiting or fever, health office staff will assess whether the child has experienced continued diarrhea, vomiting, or fever the previous 24 hours upon returning to school. The health office staff will give you a note permitting your child to enter childcare. Childcare staff will require written permission from your child’s doctor that he or she is well enough to attend childcare following an illness if it was a contagious illness or you received a referral to a doctor from the health office. Please return the referral you received from the school nurse, filled out by your child’s doctor. You must show this to the school nurse and to the childcare manager before returning your child to his or her childcare suite.

 

When my child is ill, I do not bring her to school. I hate it when parents know their kids are sick and bring them anyway.”

-Ohnah J. Senior