25 Sick Days in 5 Months: How Daycare Germs Are Costing Our Family

By Alaina Trivax, WCI Columnist

If you have kids, you know: sick season is something else. From August through December 2022, my two boys had to stay home sick from daycare for more than 25 days. Some days, they were both home; other days, it was just one of them. We’ve had colds, RSV, asthma exacerbations, ear infections, RSV again (lucky us!), and ear infections again, and again, and again. There was an eight-day stretch in November during which they had 10 doctor visits and an ER trip.

My husband, Brandon, and I both work full time; he’s an early career PM&R attending and I teach middle school. Our boys are 1 and 2.5 years old.

My job allows 10 “personal days” per year for personal or family illnesses, appointments, etc. Ha! These sick kids had eaten through those 10 days by early November. (In fact, my husband and I had to cancel our plans to attend WCICON23 because I was completely out of days to take off.) Of course, my kids haven’t gotten the memo about this, and…

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This article was written by Josh Katzowitz and originally published on www.whitecoatinvestor.com