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Babies in Day Care Catch Stomach Bugs Earlier, But Get Fewer Later

Adapted from About.com

Babies in day care catch their first stomach bug earlier than home-based infants, but end up getting fewer of these gastrointestinal illnesses during their preschool years, new research suggests.

Analyzing a group of more than 2,200 children — 83 percent of whom attended day care before age 1 — Dutch scientists found a 13 percent higher rate of so-called acute gastroenteritis, or “stomach flu,” in day care children in their first two years.

Later on, however, day care kids seemed to enjoy a protective effect from their early virus exposure, and suffered fewer stomach bugs from ages 3 to 6 years than peers who hadn’t attended day care.

“Day care does influence the timing of [gastroenteritis] but does not increase [its] overall burden,” said study author Marieke de Hoog, a postdoctoral researcher in public health epidemiology at University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands.

“It’s even possible that the protective effect persists beyond 6 years of age,” she added. “However, more research is needed to support that.”

The study was published online April 25 in the journal Pediatrics.

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“Step Up to Healthy Habits” – Aloma ECLC

Aloma Step Up To Healthy Habits 1This year Aloma Early Child Learning Center has been involved in several Nemours programs including one funded locally by WPHF, which focuses on healthy eating and healthy activities. From the middle of January to the middle of February we encouraged families to choose healthy habits each day. This could be eating vegetables or fruit for snack or adding vegetables to a meal or doing a healthy activity with the family such as riding bikes together, or playing outside games together. Each time families did an activity or practiced a healthy eating habit they would capture it on a footprint. A total of 208 footprints were displayed down our hallways to show all the healthy choices everyone has been making at home and in the classroom. Visit the Aloma Early Childhood Learning Center Facebook page to see our Bike Parade on February 20th celebrating our “Step Up to Healthy Habits” campaign.Aloma Step Up To Healthy Habits 2

"Step Up to Healthy Habits” – Aloma ECLC

Aloma Step Up To Healthy Habits 1This year Aloma Early Child Learning Center has been involved in several Nemours programs including one funded locally by WPHF, which focuses on healthy eating and healthy activities. From the middle of January to the middle of February we encouraged families to choose healthy habits each day. This could be eating vegetables or fruit for snack or adding vegetables to a meal or doing a healthy activity with the family such as riding bikes together, or playing outside games together. Each time families did an activity or practiced a healthy eating habit they would capture it on a footprint. A total of 208 footprints were displayed down our hallways to show all the healthy choices everyone has been making at home and in the classroom. Visit the Aloma Early Childhood Learning Center Facebook page to see our Bike Parade on February 20th celebrating our “Step Up to Healthy Habits” campaign.Aloma Step Up To Healthy Habits 2