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How do you handle work days when you're sick?

Diane Hoelter
Sept. 27, 2018

Last week we asked"What's something your family has said or done to make you feel really appreciated lately?" We loved reading your responses. This weekour question is:

How do you handle work days when you're sick?

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Nicole in Modesto, CA
Oct. 15, 2018

The truth is, when a mom is sick, we don't actually get days off so to handle a sick day, I just move forward and get as much done as I can.

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It's not a bad idea to explain to the kids how you're not feeling good. This will give them a sense of empathy and understanding. Hopefully they'll be a little less demanding. It may seem unprofessional but as a caregiver you are part of the family, if they don't respect you enough to recognize that you need a little slack for that day, then I'd say they're pretty intense people. Most families get it. We've all been sick before. Suggesting to watch a movie will give you a few hours to just relax with them.

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Abby in Cleburne, TX
Oct. 26, 2018

Don't risk getting kids sick, stay home and take care of yourself, parents will understand that you dont want to get their kids sick

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User in Kissimmee, FL
Oct. 27, 2018

When working with kids being sick is not and option because they're likely to get sick by you .So what I would do is use or ask for my sick days off to get better and be back out to work as soon as I can.

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Kiersten in Bend, OR
Oct. 28, 2018

It depends on what "sick" means to you. If you are contagious I expect the parents wouldn't care to have you around their child. Or, if you are physically incapable of getting out of bed, I expect your employers would be understanding. However, if you just don't feel well / have a headache / feel a little under the weather, I would still go so long as you aren't risking getting children ill and you and perform your duties as expected. The key is to have an honest and respectful relationship with your employers and give them as much notice as possible.

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If you are employed by a family as a nanny, babysitter, etc. You should make sure your employer has a back up sitter and make sure you have it in writing in your contract. Being sick and being around anyone can spread germs and make everyone ill. I have sick days and vacation days in my contract. Have no issues with my parents. God Bless

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Honestly, I do everything in my power to prevent getting sick... And the last 6+ years, I've done a phenomenal job of it! ***I have multiple auto-immune diseases and use to get the flu year-round, as well as lived with constantly getting colds, strep, pink eye, etc...*** I got tired and began doing something about it for the children I care for as well as myself (i.e. *On days I care for multiple families, especially infants, I take a shower and change before heading to second family's home. *I disinfect counters, tables, chairs that'll be used before putting any food on them. *I teach the kids good hand washing habits. *I wash my hands quite often, especially while prepping food and/or eating... ~If I wash my hands, then a child needs help down from the stool, I will wash my hands again after I lift them down.~ *I also use separate clothing baskets, which is apparently not a common thing: 1 designated specifically for clean clothes, otherwise washing your clothes does not exactly do much for you; every germ that was on your dirty clothes transferred to that laundry basket you used. *I wash sheets, pillow covers, couch cushion covers, blankets, pacifiers, toys, etc... regularly. ~A little more context = I haven't been sick, not even a cold, in over 6 years! (Knock-on-wood) *******I am extremely aware of the fact that it sounds a wee bit over-the-top and like a lot of work, and it definitely seemed like it when I first started giving it a try to see if it'd make a difference. But really, it's not much work at all once it becomes a habit. It's certainly a whole lot less work than being sick and/or caring for someone who's sick!!!! *******I specialize with premature infants/newborns, plus I have multiple auto-immune diseases... Over the last 6+ years I have cared for 5 infants and their toddler siblings FT and many more PT... The children I cared for FT never even got a cold while I was with them. Neither have I. (The best part is that, other than the premature infants and the newborns under 6 weeks old, I had no need nor desire to eliminate ALL germs, good nor bad. We still went to indoor parks, Children's Museum, Zoo, play dates, and their parents got sick plenty... It really is 100% about good, consistent hygiene). :-) *The couple of times I did get severely dehydrated, I did "call" in (air-quotes = because I was a live-in nanny) because when I got out of bed and began heading upstairs, I passed out for a couple seconds one time, which made it clear that I was not healthy enough to keep the children safe. And after the third time during several months, I began looking for ways to prevent severe dehydration (I drank quite a bit more water than is recommended, but my diseases cause severe dryness). Anyhow, I have had 1 dehydration episode in the last 7 years... I am all about being proactive and finding a solution in hopes of preventing. :-)

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Elsa in Phoenix, AZ
Oct. 2, 2018

If I find myself sick I would immediately notify the family I am working with and let them know. I feel it is best to let someone know in advance that you are not feeling well so the family can make the proper arrangements necessary for their family.

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I work the same when I am sick. I have to provide for those who need my assistance.

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April in Frisco, TX
Oct. 2, 2018

When I'm sick I would contact the family as early in advance as possible and let them know I will be staying home. I wouldn't want to share my germs with anyone!

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User in Denver, CO
Oct. 2, 2018

Number One: have a plan!

As stated, we all get sick. I like to openly discuss and lay a clear final plan in each contract with families - learn what their expectations are and when it's appropriate to push through or stay home. I also encourage my families to HAVE BACKUP CARE. I have a handful of associates I can recommend when in a bind and I encourage the family to also have people they trust.

If it's a small cold and I know I am able to work.... Especially if one of the kids gave it to me, which is often the case I give the family a heads up of my symptoms and that I am good to work but always want transparency. With something more serious or contagious or when I don't feel like I can fulfill my duties, I give as much notice as possible and we implement the plan in our contract!

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I always let a family know of symptoms Im having, because their child might have them too. Especially important info if the child is non verbal. If Im the kind of sick where I cant leave the house, I call the family immediately and let them know my symptoms and why I cant come in. I go to the Dr. or urgent care just to make sure I dont need antibiotics. I keep the family updated with my symptoms and usually let them decide if they want me to go in. Usually we are all sick with the same thing so we all just roll through it together. I get my flu shot at Costco, its super easy. Also, I dont think you need to be a member to use their pharmacy. State or federal law I believe? Sadly a lot of people died from the flu last year, the more people who get vaccinated the better it is for the elderly and others with compromised immune systems. Costco also offers the tdap vaccine. A must for care givers since the little ones can die from whooping cough. Ok enough lecturing from me. I hope it was helpful though. Aloha

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When I go into work with a bad cold or feeling under the weather I just make sure that I am 110% prepared with supplies, medicine, and the essentials to make sure I am feeling the best that I can feel while trying to perform my best at work under the circumstances. Cough drops, Emergen-C, soup, medicine and secret anti-cold concoctions have pushed me through some pretty brutal colds and sicknesses!

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The answer depends on what I am sick with. If I have concerns about being contagious, I would stay at home until the risk has passed rather than going to work and potentially infecting others. If getting others sick is not a concern, then I would take the medication necessary to reduce symptoms and go to work.

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User in New York, NY
Oct. 2, 2018

I power through, the same as a parent would do!

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I go to work as long as I am not contagious or running a high fever :)

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Make sure to sleep WHENEVER you can! Alongside getting plenty of sleep, take medicine with you wherever you go! Try and push through with a smile even though it can be mighty tough at times!

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Amy in Boston, MA
Oct. 2, 2018

Water, lots of water. Also positivity. Despite being sick, I will try to plan creative and fun activities for the children so that we are both able to enjoy our day. Probably something with little to no contact necessary, like making slime or something that will allow me to keep my space and still be able to flush my system of the illness.

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Being sick when working in childcare can be tough because you don't want to get the children sick but you also don't want to let the family down! As soon as I'm feeling sick, I call a family and I let them know. If I am sick but I am feeling well enough to work, I will ask the family if they are comfortable with me still coming in. If I am so sick I am unable to, I will let them know as soon as possible.

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When my mom told me I'm going to be a great mother one day that made me feel very appreciated :).

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I have been blessed with good families to work for who provided me with vacation and sick days so, if I'm too sick to work I take a sick day.

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Work days and your feeling ill. The best answer would be if your feverish, coughing, congested, sneezing, stay home so you would not spread to family. Call as soon as you can so the family can call their stand by.

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Angela in Miami, FL
Oct. 3, 2018

I TRY NOT TO GET SICK MOSTLY, I ATE VERY HEALTHY, I DO JOGGING EVERY DAY, JOGA, I MEDITATE, AND FOR SURE AFTER THE FIRST FEELING LIKE SICK, I'LL THE FAMILY KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING, AND MADE NEW PLANS, THANKS

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Taliyah in Elgin, IL
Oct. 3, 2018

i take care of myself wash my hands and make sure i dont get other people sick

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Amy in Zuni, VA
Oct. 3, 2018

I have not had this occur yet but what I am pretty certain I would do is call my employer and explain to him or her. If it was something like a GI bug with vomiting, I don't know about you but I can't even get off the bed with nausea, then I would have no choice but to cancel. But, depending on the situation and the severity of the illness, I would work with the family, Say, for example, it was a cold or sinus infection or bronchitis. I would notify the parent and let them know and be guided by how they felt about the situation. Things happen, just be open and honest with your parents.

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I try my best to come in and be as efficient as I can. However if it's really bad, I call in sick to avoid anyone else getting sick.

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Working and being sick is hard. However, I try to power though it. I cannot just quit and sit the day out when I do not feel well. I get up in the morning and have a lot of tea or coffee (depending on the day) and go on with the day. People depend on me, I cannot quit on them.

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As long as I am not contagious, I will be at work and will push through it. If I am contagious, obviously I could not work as that would be putting the child/children at risk. I do take many precautions to avoid getting sick including getting my flu vaccination early in the Fall, washing my hands regularly, and making sure to get my Vitamin C every day (even if that's a placebo effect, I stand by it)1

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Unfortunately we all get sick sometimes..Our kids too. If you or your kids have more than the average cold or allergies it's your responsibility to not spread anything to others by staying home. Esp if you run a fever it's just not appreciated by people you work with or other parents at school if you send your children out of convenience. People understand if an occasional appointment gets cancelled due to someone being sick.....they really do! I always say..If you don't have your health than nothing else matters!

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It's important give a notice, a good 2-4hrs if it comes on in the morning before work. If you start feeling sick the night before, go ahead and let them know. The last thing we want is to spread sickness to the kids, but we also don't want to leave parents in a bind.

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When I'm having a sick day, I take a shower and listen to music to open up my sinuses and boost my mood. Sick days aren't fun, but if I can suffer through work, I'll do my best to stay positive.

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Honestly when you have a household to take care of there is really no such thing as a sick day. Unless I need to be hospitalized or I am contagious I choose to be at work. When dealing with small children you tend to get sick more often because of their tiny germs. If I have something like a cold I wouldn't risk being around a child and possibly getting them sick. If its something like a headache, stomach ache, or just your common "I feel like crap" sort of thing then count on me to be there. I have two children and trust me sick or not I still have to muscle through it!!

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Kayla in Miami, FL
Oct. 3, 2018

I would let the parent know I am sick, discuss with them my symptoms and whether or not I should be around children.

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Unless I am very sick, I send the family a text letting them know my symptoms, and tell them that I am willing to come in but it is up to them if they would rather me stay away from the kiddos in case I am contagious.

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If I'm sick, I of course would let the family know. I would hate to accidentally make someone else's child sick.

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if I am get sick I will off anf tell the parent because baby safety is it very important.

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Tonya in Buffalo, NY
Oct. 3, 2018

I usually just push through it. Since I work at a preschool the kids help me with there smiling faces.

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Great question! This definitely depends on how sick I am feeling. I think that it's important to communicate with families beforehand about what to do if sick and if they have any backup help. If I am sick I will contact parents so soon as I know that I am not able to care for their children. If I am feeling a little sick, like a sore throat or getting over a cold, I will tell the parents so that they have all the facts before deciding if they want me to care for their child that day. Luckily, I rarely get sick enough that it impacts my quality of life or my work.

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User in Loveland, CO
Oct. 3, 2018

If I am super sick I try to call in with enough time in advance that the parents can make other arrangements. I came down with walking pneumonia in the middle of July and didn't know until I woke up at 2am unable to breathe. Luckily I was working for a family who had their older child in a daycare so they were able to send the baby I cared for to the daycare until I was better. I will also often offer to come for a few hours while they work half the day or find a replacement. If I am not contagious I just go to work. I don't ever do TV or electronics but when I am sick I will put movies on all day. The faster I can get better, the less amount of time the kids will be watching movies! If I don't let myself heal it could be prolonged.

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Lais in Oak Park, IL
Oct. 3, 2018

I almost never get sick if it happens, I'll take medicine and go to work(assuming it's not a contagious disease).

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Personally it depends on the job I have, if it is house sitting or pet sitting I will continue with my responsibilities and be very clean. If it involves a child or person I prefer not to be with them for the fear of getting them sick. From the very beginning I would discuss it with the employer to see what they prefer or think works best for their job.

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I handle sick work days differently depending on what I'm sick with. Colds are usually manageable, but the occasional stomach flu can get carried to the kids I work with. In that case I would take the day off, especially because of the fact that working with small children while sick can't end well at all!

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If I'm ever feeling very I'll I call in advance to let the parents know. But if I'm ever feeling under the weather, I call to let them know I'm still able to work in case they dont mind. In which case, I'd make sure to stay sanitized and wear a mask so as to not get children sick as well :)

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My opinion is that it is up to the parents if they want to bring the children as long as I have the ability to care for the child.

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User in Venice, CA
Oct. 3, 2018

Well being sick is always tricky! But the health and safety of the kids is always priority! So be thoughtful and inform your family whenever you feel an illness coming on so they can be prepared to have alternative plans for their kids.

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Iryna in Perris, CA
Oct. 3, 2018

.It depends on the severity of the disease ...... if hospitalization is required, then it is impossible to work. And if a slight indisposition, then you can work. Using a means of protection from a cold . But it is better not to get sick ....

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Michelle Hill
Oct. 3, 2018

I inform my boss and give them the details and let them decide if they want me to come or not. If they have me come in I always use caution with handwashing and sanitizing switches and handles.

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User in Sherman, NY
Oct. 3, 2018

I will still go to work even if I was sick I push my self though alote of sickness....

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User in Boise, ID
Oct. 3, 2018

You have a great and natural way with children. You blend experience and instinct to create a wonderful environment for our children, and we appreciate you very much :)

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Lily in Auburn, CA
Oct. 4, 2018

It depends if I know I'm contagious I don't go in at all. If I've had a cold for a couple days and I'm no longer contagious I let the parents know and ask them how they feel about it.

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Maureen in Tempe, AZ
Oct. 3, 2018

I work in an outpatient clinic and going into work knowing I'm sick would be extremely irresponsible. I would call my supervisor as soon as I can and then we either reschedule appointments or have a co worker cover my second half of the day. If I'm at work and suddenly become sick, I wouldn't try to tough it out because i could be contagious and get my co workers and other patients sick too and that isn't helping or solving any problems.

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I'm not usually sick and I rarely take a sick day. It has been about three years since I've taken off sick. I believe that makes me dedicated to my work.

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I will call the owner because I don't want their children sick like me

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I treat the symptoms and heal as fast as I can. I feel as a positive attitude can help any situation.

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Honestly, just try your hardest. You obviously don't want to get any of the children sick or spread germs, so if you're really sick (anything more than a subtle cough or a runny nose) reschedule. It might be inconvenient for the family your helping, but you're saving them from germs.

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I handle my work days as my regular day my daily routine yes I might not feeling good or not in a mood at all But that doesn't mean I will stop my obligation to my kids or to my family , I have to make food, drop off kids to school ,pick them up, help them with thier homework make dinner and have quality time with them to ask them how was their day , for me I do believe that whether we're in a good or bad mood, happy or sad and sick or not sick we should never change our mood to anyone be happy be positive and be the person that you're family is waiting soon as they woke and before they go to sleep, their is no any medication they can cure any sickness but seeing You're kids,family happy

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Tbh that's a really good question "how do we really handle work days when we're sick"? Well for me it's hard . I have to think about the kids and myself and normally I would just have to think about the kids and making them my main aim but when I'm sick im trying to get myself situated first so I can look after the child / children and it's hard . It's really hard to do that because sometimes you forget your responsibilities when your sick . That's just nature . We can't control sickness. We just have to try to learn from the situation. Everybody deal with being sick at work in different ways . You just got to find a way that works for you and your still able to take care of your child / chrildren in the right way.

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I'll always tell the family. If it is not contagious at all work normally.

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Caffeine and Tylenol. No matter how you feel when you get to work you leave it at the door and carry on with your day.

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I love my family. They treated me to a day our to have a soothing pedicure done on my feet.

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Maris in Fargo, ND
Oct. 4, 2018

when I am sick there are three thing very special the make me feel better, 1.my husband take care of me them my daughters they bring everything where I am siting and watching tv. all of that make feel better and in love with my family!!!!!.

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My 4 year old grandchild drew painted me a picture with the most beautiful colors.

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I clear my calendar. I can tell when I'm getting sick. So I inform the family and or the last family I worked with so that they are aware and act accordingly. Securing other help or not.

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Every time we ask the kids who they want to fill in when our nanny is sick they always ask for you.

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When I begin feeling sick, I immediately contact the family I am working for to let them know and have as much time as possible to find coverage for a day if they choose. If I simply have a cold and am not contagious I let families choose whether or not I will come to work that day giving as much notice as possible.

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Extra money on special day.

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i take medicine and try my best not to get the kids sick

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Patti in Denver, CO
Oct. 4, 2018

It is always smart to have a backup plan in case the primary care giver is ill. Although I stay healthy, life may happen. I would rather rule on the side of prudence than endanger a client.

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User in Seattle, WA
Oct. 4, 2018

I try my best to make a schedule and stick to it. I also hydrate like crazy to beat whatever bug I am fighting.

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I'm going to stay home and rest to be better next day.

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User in Wilmette, IL
Oct. 5, 2018

I work carefully.

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Erma in Houston, TX
Oct. 4, 2018

I'm never sick.

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I still go to work long as not contagious and throwing up

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I handle it very well.

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Hello! If I were sick, I'd try my best to get a replacement. Because I have a network list of other reliable caregivers, I'd be diligent to find one!

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When I`m sick I go work anyway, if Im to sick I call sick. Really I`m never sick. My last job I miss one day during 2 years.

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Call in immediately to notify your clients. It's better to be safe than sorry than to have any child become sick. I honestly ask or refer a trust worthy friend who has a child care experience and recommend them to my client. I would like to have a back up also so no parent is in stress of needing to find someone new to sit or calling out from their original obligations such as work or meetings.

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If I am not contagious then I work. Otherwise contact employer at the earliest possible time. If there is an option to have someone cover your scheduled time, then have that lined up as well.

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That would be discussed ahead of time what is expected. I would call as early as possible to inform of my illness. Anytime anyone, including child, has a fever over 100 degrees they should stay home and rest.

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Dawson in Denver, CO
Oct. 5, 2018

I will talk to you about backup care options, as to not spread my sickness to your child and family.

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I call the parent(s) as soon as possible to explain that I am sick and don't want to spread my illness to their children. If I know of another responsible childcare provider, I will suggest that they contact them to replace me.

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To me, it truly depends what type of "sick" I am. If I were to be contagious, then I would communicate to my employer that it would be best if I were to stay home, for the sake of my co-workers. In the situation of being a nanny for a family, I would communicate with them, discussing my options :)

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As a nanny, there Are NO sick days. Take a pill, shower, suck it up sand go in!

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Karen in Pueblo, CO
Oct. 5, 2018

I rarely get sick but pushing through usually works for me.

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I will call and give as much notice as possible if I feel I am too sick to attend to the child/children or that I may be contagious.

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Usually, I am very healthy,Nevertheless, if is not contagious, I will work if allowed to work.

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I practice and live ayurvedically, so I rarely purify and if I do, it's mild and doesn't last more than a day. I work regardless of how I'm feeling. It's the same with being a Mom - even if I'm under the weather, my children still need me, so I get up and care for them, move through my day as best I can, until they're in bed and I can rest again. Sometimes I forgo house chores, other than necessities and rest a bit more as space is available. I draw on the infinite strength and energy available to me and do what needs to be done, pacing myself as needed.

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Do the same task as always.

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Aline in Everett, MA
Oct. 5, 2018

if I am not feelling well I try to give as much warning to the d=family as possible, making them aware that im not feeling good and try to take some medicine to overcome my sickness. If i don't think I will be able to work and to prevent the children from getting sick. I would let the family knows as soon as i can so they are able to make other arrangements, and provide an estimate for when i hope to be back at work.

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Given the circumstance of the weather/seasonal changes, I am confident in the relationship with the parent that upon communicating to what extent and how the sickness might have an affect on either my performance or the well being of the child that it is acceptable to take off work whichever day. Given the case there is no backup care/ provider, I take all things into consideration and wear a face mask and keep hand sanitizer at the ready and tissues at my disposal.

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I make sure to take the correct medication to make it through my work day but also having precaution as to if i can be contagious to other around me especially the children's around me.

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Rachel in Sumter, SC
Oct. 5, 2018

I monitor my symptoms and if it seems like something that could spread, I explain it to the family/ business, and I stay home or go see a physician. I would not want to risk spreading anything to anyone for any reason.

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well, first i really have to let my employee know about my health condition because the health of the kids is first before anything else. children doesnt have that strong immune system than us. in my end i do work if i can still do it even if im sick because of commitments in the job but if my employee is at risk with health hazard we have to make proper considerations of not taking a rest until im fully safe to handle the children.

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I ask the family how they want me to handle it. Some families just ask me to take medicine and keep me hands clean; but those with younger children typically would rather me not work that day.

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User in Marietta, GA
Oct. 5, 2018

I have been with my girls since May 2015 they always go out of their way to help. I broke my ankle the same time my husband had surgery in 2017. I could not help take care of them, but they helped take care of me.I am so fortunate that I moved so far away from what I know. I found the best family and the best children ever!

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I try to do stick it up list. 1. Layer up, when your sick hot/ cold hot/cold come prepared 2.medicate, every adult has meds in bathroom cabi.et grab the non drowsy for cold, headaches, flu 3.keep it to yourself, don't announce it,don't tell employees and they tell everyone they all want to send you home 4. Hydrate, Big money of fluids clear your head it will open you up and you feel so much better 1st thing in the morning and nice, hot tea 5.Last, Take it easy do the( MIT'S) MOST IMPORTANT TASKS Start the day with the things that need to get done Your work that needs to be finished before you leave, make sure the house is in order, make sure the kids ate, make your medicines are administered and make sure they are clean, you are coast clear, as the day goes on you will feel better all sickness are worse in the beginning I hope this helped everybody I don't like to let everybody down and call out sick because I don't like the ones that do it to me.

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She said it is such a relief to go to work and not have to worry about my child.

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If it wasn't anything contagious I would try and come any way. Otherise I would ask you your thoughts about coming or if we could find someone else. But that is not what I would want.

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I would contact the family way ahead of time to give them ample notice. If it was just a little cold I wouldn't call out sick but if it was something more serious I wouldn't want to get the kids or family sick.

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As long as I'm able to, I go to work and do the best job I can!

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User in Redford, MI
Oct. 6, 2018

When I am sick, I will not nanny. Do not want to get the family sick. I will care for my family's children if they have the sniffles? sick - as long as they are not throwing up. I have cared for children with a fever, colds, cough. The family I currently work for cut my hours - due to the fact their little girl started pre-school 2 days a week.Pam

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If I am contagious, I try not to come in. Otherwise, I make sure my employer is aware I am sick. I take medication to get through the symptoms.

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It depends on how sick I am. If if I'm not contagious or stuck in the bathroom I will stuck it up and go to work. Otherwise I'll take the safest route and stay home.

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Knock on wood, I have never had to call in sick. I watch my health carefully with good nutrition, limited dairy and lots of exercise.

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User in Irving, TX
Oct. 6, 2018

Balancing sick days with work is complicated when your job requires you to care for children. The families you work for are depending on you to take care of their children during the agreed-upon hours, but you are also responsible for keeping their children safe. And exposing them to contagious illnesses can be a risk to their health. I try my best to minimize sick days by eating healthy meals, getting adequate sleep, keeping stress at a minimum, and exercising regularly. If I do feel like I might be getting sick, I let the parents know right away so they have enough time to find an alternate sitter or request time off of work. I have also recommended colleagues who can fill in for me if the family does not have a backup sitter.

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Give at least a 12-24hr notice if possible. Provide a doctors note to the family if needed. Depending on the severity of the sickness talk to the family and see what they would prefer you doing.

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well first if i'm sick i take medicine and call in telling them i cant make it and maybe throw in a reference for someone else just in case they really need a babysitter and if all else fails i wear a mask and wash my hands

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hi can i help you on weekend if you are gonna outside some weekend you can call me

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Hi, My daughter can handle my work day, when I am sick.

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User in Orlando, FL
Oct. 6, 2018

If I were sick I would inform the family as soon as possible of what is happening. I would be willing to provide care if I felt healthy enough however, this would also be up to the family to decide as well.

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Mariza in Miami, FL
Oct. 6, 2018

Antes de dirigirme al centro de salud, lo primero que he hecho es avisar a un superior.

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Julissa G.
Oct. 7, 2018

I handle work days by keeping myself as warm as I can. I also make sure I am drinking tea and cough drops or any medicine that is needed. If I do feel at my worse, I will call off as to not want to make others feel offended with my sickness.

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I try my best to still uphold my duties as best I can and maintain a positive attitude. But on the same note there is times where conditions can become more sever and may near a day or two to recoup.

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I usually protect myself to keep from spreading germs.

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I am an early riser, so if I am feeling unwell, I will notify the family I am nanny for as soon as I get up that I will not be able to come in to work. This gives the family the most time possible to prepare for my absence.

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I still try my hardest to battle through them.. If i'm sick with something that may be contagious I will inform the family, because I wouldn't want my sickness spreading to anyone else.

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Sometimes depending on the sickness it can be very hard to work, but for me I try to get plenty of rest and make healthy and wise decisions during that time so that way I can continue to be dependable.

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Salma in Houston, TX
Oct. 7, 2018

Unless you are on the verge of heading to the ER, then handling your sickness at work is no biggie. Always cover your mouth when you're coughing, wash your hands every 30 minutes, and take antibiotics.

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I do not believe, as a stay at home mother with children who can get sick, that I get to pick and choose when to care for my children. The same would apply for anyone else's child. Sickness is nearly inevitable, especially in the Fall/Winter months. I have kids in school now who bring home germs. We do not get sick often but when we do, we kick it in the butt right away. The only concern I would have would be your child catching the sickness and whether or not it would cause problems for them and your family (some children have additional complications from a weakened immune system). Overall, I know that when I get sick, my job does not stop.

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I have been blessed to maintain my well being and good health. I can honestly say that in the past 9+ years I have worked at an in-home daycare, I never called in sick. If the need should arise, it would likely depend on my symptoms and if I were in a risk category of being contagious. I certainly would not wish to get my clients sick. If I am not at risk, I would continue to work the scheduled day as planned. Otherwise, I would follow through with sick day protocol agreed upon at the time of my hiring.

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If I'm sick with something that's contagious I alert the family as soon as possible so that they can make arrangements to cover my absence. If I have something that is not contagious I definitely push through it, wash my hands frequently and keep distance just to be on the safe side!

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Alysha in Austin, TX
Oct. 7, 2018

I will find a substiute if I cannot make or will notify the Parents as soon as possible.

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Being sick will never get in the way of me giving 100% to your child. Sickness happens, things go around. The important thing is to stay clean: wash hands frequently, cover mouth when sneezing and coughing. If I am too ill and my illness is contagious, I will let you know ahead of time. If you would like me to try and find a cover, I will do my best to do so. I will always be there, unless your child is at risk.

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I honestly do not get sick very often. But if I do, I notify my client as soon as it is obvious that I am too sick to work.

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I RARELY GET SICK BUT IF I DID ID CONTACT MY EMPLOYER ASAP GIVING THEM AMPLE ENOUGH TIME TO FIND A REPLACEMENT NOT THE DAY OR HOUR IM TO EXSPECETED TO BE AT WORK I FIND THAT VERY IRRESPONSIBLE AS WELL UNPROFESSIONAL

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If I know it's not contagious, I'll push through it but if it is/might be, I'm just honest with them. I want to make sure that I won't get their kids sick and by taking one sick day, I might avoid prolonging the illness and having to take multiple days off in the end! Just make sure to call ahead as early as you can - hopefully parents have backup babysitters as well!

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try to get as much sleep as possible!! Drink lots of water, and maybe some vitamins and nutrients to keep your metabolism up and running to kill off any germs, sickness, and bacteria! Try Vitamin B-12 liquid drops!

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