Take 1 three-year old and put him in day care (in this example, he goes only 1 day per week)…
This child has not been exposed to childhood germs, flues, viruses, infections… until he began attending day care (yes, only 1 day per week).
Within one week, this precious child gets sick. His mom and dad get sick. His grandma gets sick. And sadly, his Nana gets sick.
During week two, this child comes home with an ear infection but since his parents have never seen him sick with an ear infection they miss the signs – the tugging on his ear, the red cheeks, the crying jags.
During week three, he comes home with a cough that just won’t stop. Again, the family falls like dominoes. The cough spreads and not only is the child building up an immunity, but so are the family members.
The Nana, so smug in her statement of “I never get sick” realizes her bottle of ginger brandy is almost gone. Her nightly medicinal mix of fresh squeezed lemon, honey, ginger brandy and hot water have kept her sane, assured her a good nights sleep and gave her a reason to have a nightly nip.
Her diet now consists of tea, ginger ale, hot toddies (yum) , chicken soup, lemon water and crackers. She is so ready to cease her cough and head out for a healthy walk.
She is totally out of her comfort zone and just wants to use her voice again, take walks, feel human. Simple things … But we all know that daycare week 4 is looming. What will the precious child bring home next?