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Common Infections in Daycare Facilities

Millions of Americans entrust their children to daycare facilities and after-school programs every day. By doing so, they are relying on daycare employees to provide a safe, instructive, and entertaining environment in which children can thrive. Among the many responsibilities shared by daycare workers is practicing good hygiene to prevent the spread of dangerous infections.

Controlling infections is very important in facilities with a lot of children. An illness that may be merely uncomfortable or inconvenient for an adult can be life-threatening to a small child. If your child has been harmed due to a negligently run daycare facility, call Jacksonville personal injury attorney Don Guthrie at 904-296-1088 to discuss your legal options.

Dangerous Daycare Infections

Due to their relatively weak immune systems, it is virtually impossible to prevent small children from contracting certain infections and passing them on to others. Fortunately, the majority of these diseases are colds or other relatively minor problems that should not carry serious risks. However, when a daycare facility is not kept clean and safe, more dangerous illnesses can be spread. These include:

  • Strep throat – This is a painful illness caused by the streptococcus bacteria. Its symptoms include a sore throat, swollen tonsils, fever, nausea, and sometimes a rash of small red spots that appear under the arms. When a child in daycare has been diagnosed with strep throat, the facility should notify the facility and all parents in case the bacteria have spread to other children.
  • Hepatitis A – This is a viral infection that affects the liver. Symptoms include fever, nausea and vomiting, dark urine, and jaundice (yellowed skin and/or eyes). It is highly contagious and potentially deadly. Children can contract it in daycare facilities where workers fail to wash their hands regularly, enforce correct hygiene among attendants, or keep the grounds clean.
  • Food poisoning – Bacteria such as E. coli or Salmonella can contaminate food and water that is not correctly stored and prepared. These illnesses can cause severe diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, and nausea. Food poisoning is very dangerous for small children. Daycare facilities should always take strict precautions with the food they serve.

If your child has become ill from a poorly run daycare, you may be able to win repayment for your medical bills, missed work, and other losses. Our Jacksonville premises liability lawyers are ready to fight for you.

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There is no excuse for childcare professionals who fail to fulfill their job duties. To learn more about civil law and your legal rights, contact Jacksonville personal injury lawyer Don Guthrie at 904-296-1088.

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