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My toddler, like many, is always sick. He spends some weekdays in preschool and the others in daycare, surrounded by other kids. I always know that the second he gets better, he'll catch a cold (again) from one of his “friends.” But a new study published in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine makes me feel a lot less guilty about my kid always being sick -- and more optimistic about his future health.
According to the study, by the time my son and other daycare kids get to elementary school, they'll be much less likely to get sick. That’s because their time in daycare, while making them sick more often, also builds their immunity. Being in a daycare with more than eight kids before age 2 1/2 made the kids in the study more prone than stay-at-home children to ear infections and respiratory infections such as colds, croup and bronchitis. (Kids at in-home daycares weren’t affected.) But when those daycare toddlers got to elementary school, they had lower rates of both ear and respiratory infections than kids who didn’t attend daycare at all.
Yay! A light at the end of the wiping-nose-every-day tunnel. I wonder if this study will cause daycares to loosen their sick-kid policies?
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