Obviously I need to follow up myself on many other things, but it’s nice when someone else has already done a lot of the legwork.
My coworker is back at work today, and her daughter is back at daycare. Yesterday she talked to the Department of Public Health, the CDC, the daycare licensing board (I don’t know what their official name is), and the owner of this particular daycare. Since I’m not admitting that I’m pregnant at work yet I couldn’t really give her the third degree, but I did encourage her usual tendency to ramble on and on. The gist of it is that daycares can do whatever they damn well do or don’t want to, and no one except the licensing board can make them do any differently. DPH and CDC can only make suggestions, and then only if the daycare solicits them. That’s a trifle unnerving. Personally I would like those two agencies to have more teeth, but you work with what you’ve got, I suppose.
The specific daycare in question has admitted that the second infection probably stemmed from the first, but thinks that it occurred prior to their knowledge of the problem. Apparently the parents of the first child were hiding the diagnosis by claiming it was eczema or similar things. When the director put her foot down and insisted on a doctor’s note with a diagnosis was when it all came to light. They have brought in a contractor who (presumably) has experience in such things to clean out the entire facility, and have instituted new standard protocols for the staff regarding handling infants – effectively acting like they are trying to contain an infection at all times. My coworker was comfortable enough with the situation to leave her daughter this morning. I guess the lady from DPH pointed out that if it was her, she would prefer the devil that she knew: this daycare has had a problem and is making changes to prevent/minimize similar problems in the future. Whereas switch to a new one and you could be going through the same thing again in four months because they haven’t learned those lessons yet. It’s a good point.
Just something else to add to the list of questions to be asked when I interview daycares. Won't that be fun.