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So we got a call from childcare saying they suspect our son has “foot and mouth” disease and we needed to pick him up and get a doctors clearance for him to come back. Went to get him and the childcare workers assessment of his illness was a few warts on his fingers (which he’s had for months) and a red dot on one of his palms and his foot (both just cuts and bumps).

We explained what these were but they started stating the policy and that we needed doctors clearance before he can come back. Not sure if you’ve tried to book at doctor’s appointment lately, but we had to wait five days before we could get into the GP. By the 4th day we contacted the childcare to say he hasn’t developed any blisters on his hands, mouth or feet, no temperature, he’s 100% normal can we bring him back? Answer, no get doctors clearance.

Eventually went to the doctor and the doctor said “this type of thing is the bane of my existence” and he noted, whilst he would do a physical exam, he would spend most of the time speaking to the parents to get their feedback and taking ALL of that into account make a diagnosis. Question is have you had to deal with this type of thing and how do you manage it? Can you push back on the childcare, seems like they hide behind their policy and hold the power in the situation?


Posted by mom481326, 23rd June 2022


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  • I think it’s just everywhere at the moment. They are trying to be over cautious with everything. It is so frustrating but ultimately what can you do. Doctors appointments are nightmare at the moment that is the most frustrating part. But what is mostly annoying is when I pick up my child from daycare I see so many snotty nosed kids that are coughing all over the place. Yet my one had a little bit of a throw up because his banana didn’t go down well and I had to go get him. It’s just frustrating all round.


  • If that is their policy there is no much you can do .


  • Not much you can do if you have agreed to their policies and choose to send your child there. The policy is in place to protect the other children and families from possible illnesses.


  • That’s so frustrating. I find it so stressful trying to book a GP appointment last minute as well and a few times my son wasn’t actually sick. I now have a few medical centres that I contact for appointments and some take walk ins too which helps but it doesn’t change the fact that my husband or I have to take time off work to take him to the doctor.


  • The childcare need to think of the whole centre not just one child.
    I would honestly have a doctor physically examination.


  • I would love my daycare to gave this policy! It might have stopped my child from getting HFM!


  • I respect the policy childcare have in place but it can be quite difficult to get a doctors appointment at the moment. If only there was another way around it?


  • The child care center is trying to keep other kids from getting sick. Since the pandemic began they have been very cautious and we just obey and not argue with the new policies.


  • @mom101628 ‘just so glad I got to spend time with mine before they went to school’
    you do know people who use childcare also spend time with their child, right? Or do you think you are a better parent than everyone else? For heavens sake!


  • Centres have protocols they must follow as do schools. Everyone is being extra cautious at the moment. Next time see if your pharmacy can write a certificate – I’m not completely sure about this but it would be worth a try. I know it’s frustrating but I wouldn’t be blaming the centre.


  • Policies like this, whilst annoying for those affected, are made for good reason. Foot and mouth is one of those diseases that is highly contagious and it is not just the centre that is dictating the child’s exclusion but above them – the state health department.


  • Some very interesting answers on this post and I can see both sides of the story. Just was so pleased to spend time with mine up until they had to go to school.


  • I can understand how annoying it is for you, but I can also understand the childcare centre’s position. Better to be safe than sorry.


  • I’ve never been in this situation before but if you stop and think about it, would you want your child to go to childcare knowing that another child may be sick? Or would you just take the chance on it being nothing and then have your child end up ill too. I know how serious foot and mouth can be. I’ve seen someone suffering with it and unfortunately pass away. There’s no way I’d want to take that risk.


  • Look it’s policy and procedures and yes it’s annoying. I’ve been in similar situations and I’ve also had to leave work. On one occasion my son just needed to poop and they thought he was sick in the stomach.


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