Mum shares her rant about parents sending sick kids to daycare and gets a surprising response.

“I am seriously so over daycare and the parents who send their kids to school stuffed to the brim with germs”, wrote one NSW mum!

“Colds, ear infections, gastro, sore throats and let’s don’t forget those everlasting coughs. Name it, my kids have picked it all up from childcare,” she ranted online.

“They just get over one thing and then BANG..there’s some other evil virus hanging around. And yes, I admit it, I’ve been guilty of sneaking in a dose of panadol minutes before taking my child into daycare, but in most cases, I keep my kids home when they’re unwell (for their sake as well as for the other kids).

“But this means that I feel like I’ve taken more time off from work than have actually been in the office! GRRR Is daycare really worth it? Is your childcare also a cesspool of germs? (And mums, if your kids are sick, please please please keep them at HOME!).”

Mums were soon quick to respond and some weren’t so kind

While many parents agreed and sympathised with the mum, many were not so polite.

Comments included:

– “Lmao….oh this is a good laugh…. thanks for the entertaining post…. you don’t like your kids bringing home germs or a cough from daycare, quit work.”

– “Hmm, a cesspool of germs, or somewhere that will help your child develop not only social skills, but a cast iron immunity, so that you, the parent, can go to work in order to be able to afford to live in this germ filled cesspool of a planet.”

– “You sound like a hypocrite. You addmitted you ALSO send your kids to daycare sick but your irritated other parents do it!!!
( btw ear infections are not contagious )”

– ““I’m guilty of sneaking in a dose of Panadol minutes before taking my child into daycare”… then you are part of the problem. Please do not EVER EVER EVER do this. It’s so dangerous. Panadol masks so many underlying issues, if they need to be medicated they NEED TO BE HOME.
Don’t send a dosed-up kid to care and then complain when other parents do the same.”

– “Go have a winge to centrelink who are putting the pressure on mum’s to be at work. I’m sure they would rather be at home looking after their sick babies but some of us don’t have the luxury of staying home. Maybe look at why your child is getting sick all the time.”

– “Haha! You have done it too then! Your kids infect others just the same. Have you tried working in a daycare and watching the poor kids with there Panadol wearing off and daycare is the last place they want to be! Your no better.”

– “Well the call of the almighty $$dollar$$ is so much more important than caring for your kids!?!? A lot of childcare centres don’t clean their toys regularly either. I’d rather live poor than use them and work!”

What the experts say

Sydney GP Dr Ginni Mansberg offers this assurance to parents: “It’s not unusual for little kids to have up to 12 infections with a fever a year.

“And while it’s horrible for children and parents to go through at the time, the bonus is that they’re building up a library of immunity which will hold them in good stead for the rest of their lives.”

A long-term study conducted by researchers at the University of Montreal from 1998 to 2006 found that toddlers in group child care get sick more often than toddlers who stay at home, but found those same kids get sick less often than their peers during the elementary school years. In other words, your kids are going to get sick sooner or later.

Find some great tips on avoiding the daycare bugs HERE.

Join our Facebook discussion below:

  • I almost think it would be better for kids to get some of these illnesses later. Small children seem to be much less equipped to cope than bigger kids.


  • I am happy to be a stay at home mum and not have to deal with this choice.


  • When my daughter went to pre-school for just one day per week, she caught a cold almost every second week. I’d then catch a cold too. I was so tired of being sick that year.


  • That is what happens at child care – they are kids! Germs spread easily between them! At least your kids will have a great immunity to these things when they start school!

    • These things do happen at child care, school and other communal places. Children and adults all build up immunity.


  • Its so hard as a parent. Most of the ‘germ spreading’ happens even before the symptoms start to show.


  • It can be a tough position to be in and often feels like a vicious cycle.


  • Unfortunately not everyone has loads of sick leave or carer’s leave.


  • Unless the snot is green I’m sending my kids to school


  • Is she kidding me. My son can be completely well and simply sneeze and they are ringing me to pick him up. If he was acutely unwell I wouldn’t send him and they would never let me drop him off


  • I keep my son home for the first most contagious day or two, but if I had to keep him home for every runny nose or cough… he would hardly ever go anywhere!


  • This is not as straightforward as she pretends.


  • You can’t keep your kid home every time they have a bit of a cold, just like adults don’t normally skip work for a bit of a cold.


  • She does sound like a hypocrite. I’m too scared to send my son anywhere when he’s sick. He’s nearly died from asthma attacks three times now from “just a cold”. And it happens so so fast. I live in fear that the teachers won’t realise whats happening until its too late. I hate when parents send sick kids to school, but I totally get why they do. They may just not have another choice.


  • Bit hard to say you dose your child with panadol and then send them to childcare and then complain about parents sending their kids sick.


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