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Child Care Center Policies Too Strict, Says Pediatric Academy

The American Academy of Pediatrics says child care centers are too strict with their policies when it comes to sick children, forcing parents to turn to urgent care providers unnecessarily (Cynthia Page/Fickr)

The American Academy of Pediatrics says child care centers are too strict with their policies when it comes to sick children, forcing parents to turn to urgent care providers unnecessarily. (Cynthia Page/Fickr)

If you’re a working parent, there’s little doubt the following scenario is very familiar: your child is in daycare. She gets sick. Daycare policies prohibit her from attending until she’s been fever-free for 24 hours, or you get a doctor’s note. But how many days of work can you miss? Not that many. So, maybe you take your child to urgent care to get that note ASAP.

It’s not the best use of emergency care. But a new study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics finds that stringent child care policies do create a sort of emergency, even if it’s not a medical one.

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Carey Goldberg, co-host of WBUR’s CommonHealth blog. She tweets @commonhealth.

Dr. Andrew Hashikawa, lead researcher on the study and a lecturer in pediatric emergency medicine at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor.

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CommonHealth: Work-Family Crunch: Parents Resort To ER To Get Kids Back Into Daycare

  • “A study just out in the journal Pediatrics shows that the discrepancy between the sick-child policies at many daycare centers and accepted medical wisdom could often make the work-family crunch harder than it has to be. (Meanwhile, a day-long White House “summit” today is looking at ways to ease that crunch for American parents, from promoting more flexible work schedules to paid maternity leaves.)”

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