When sending children to day care, safety is a top priority for parents. In the age of COVID-19, it’s natural for parents to wonder whether their provider is taking the appropriate precautions.
Even though young children are not considered to be at high risk for serious complications from the disease, they can come become infected and transmit the illness to others, including parents, siblings and older adults. In rare instances, some children have also developed a complication known as multisystem inflammatory disease, which can cause fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, bloodshot eyes, fatigue and neck pain.
“The precautions a day care takes are important because they can affect the health of your entire family,” says Angela Harris, infection control manager for Tidelands Health. “Even if children aren’t at high risk for serious complications from the illness, they can spread it to others who are.”