If it seems like your young children are getting sick all the time, it’s because they probably are. Infants and toddlers are especially prone to contracting diseases because their immune systems are in the early stages of development. Little ones in day care and preschool have an even higher risk. “Day care centers cluster infants and young children, who are all especially susceptible to disease because their immune systems are inexperienced,” said Ellen Fitzpatrick, MD, MEDNAX-affiliated pediatric hospitalist at Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas. “They basically contract every virus they encounter. This, coupled with close quarters, sharing toys and any lapse in hand hygiene or diaper duty, creates the perfect environment for viruses and other microorganisms to breed.” While “day care diseases” usually aren’t preventable, knowing what to expect and how to deal with these common ailments can help.

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