Posted in Child Care, Working Parents

Daycare Nightmare

Ras

Has anyone ran into the problem that daycare is calling you to pick up your lo because of 'illness'? My son is almost 4 months old and has been in daycare less than 2 months. I've been called to pick him up several times due to illnesses that he no longer has when he gets home. The first time they called, they said he had a temperature over 100. So I picked him up he didn't feel warm and I took his temperature when we got home and it was 98. Two days later they called again saying he had a fever of 101.4 and I needed to pick him up. When I got there I had the staff check his temp in front me and it was 99.3. The staff member proceeded to tell me his temperature was going down. I know that wouldn't not happen without any intervention (medication, ice bath, etc.) So I asked to speak with the director and she told me I can go back to work and leave my son at daycare. Obviously I took him home since I had already left work but made it clear I was upset they called me out of work without him having an actual fever. Next time, was he wasn't eating and temp 99 if it reached the 100.4 limit he couldn't not return the next day, by the time I got there he had finished a 5 1/2 ounce bottle with no issues. Today I get a call he cannot keep bottles down and had diarrhea. They charted 1 BM and said he threw up his 2nd of 3 bottles they had given him (did not throw up the third) temp 99.3. He is now playing and smiling and feeling fine after I nursed him, no issues. I feel this is wrong that I am paying so much money and they are making up illnesses for me to pick him up early messing with my ability to work. Had anyone else had this issue? Any thoughts/ideas how to deal with it?!

  • Emily
    Jan 10

    It sounds like teething that shouldn’t be calling like that maybe hire a nanny instead

  • Emily
    Jan 10

    It’s more worth the money and they a lot of times handle sick kids to extent. At this point you’re paying for them and the time your not going to work to do their job.

  • Elle
    Jan 11

    If he's been in the daycare fewer than 2 months, they might still be getting used to what is normal for him. Reaffirm with the director the actual threshold for pickup. You can always tell the day care to call you back in an hour or two before you leave work to see if it's a real emergency / meets threshold for pickup. We had a few incidents like this within the first 2 months of daycare. When theyre so little, I think the daycare airs on the side if caution (sometimes way too cautious). But it will get better.

  • B
    Jan 11

    My daycare did this at first too. I asked them to wait 20 min, and make sure she hadn’t just been crying, and take her temp a second time. When she’s agitated her temp rockets up briefly. Also know that kids get sick often at daycare, so while it should get better as they get to know him, I still pick her up annoyingly often for real things. But I guess either now or when she starts school