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NAN: Communicable Diseases

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Communicable diseases spread from person to person or from animal to person. They can be spread through air, saliva, nasal secretions, feces, blood and bodily fluids and they can be transmitted directly or indirectly. With communicable diseases, a virus, parasite or bacteria is the disease-causing agent.  

Young children are susceptible to communicable diseases for many reasons.  These include that their immune system is still developing, they are often around other children in childcare settings and they are unable to do things like wash their hands, which can prevent the spread of germs. 

Many parents opt for nanny care as it can minimize their child’s exposure to sick children. According to the National Resource Center for Respite and Crisis Care Services, infants and young children who spend time in group child care settings generally have a higher number of illnesses than children kept at home. 

While many daycares do have strict requirements regarding sending mildly ill children to their centers, nannies are accustomed to caring for mildly ill children. For this reason, nannies must be vigilant about minimizing the spread of illness in her work environment.

As a reminder, due to mom’s compromised immune system,

if you are not feeling well you should not visit your NAN family. 

Michelle LaRoweNAN: Communicable Diseases