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What is the right age to send children in day care centers? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 11-Jun-2013
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User:Hello doctor
Doctor:Good Afternoon
Doctor:How can I help you?
User:GA. I have got a question regarding the health of my 1.7 year ols kid
Doctor:Ok. Please proceed.
User:Actually I was working before my delivery and am on leave till date since his birth..
User:Now I want to resume back work..
User:Is it ok to leave him in a child care
User:at this stage?
User:or should he wait for some more time?
Doctor:Yes. It is fine to leave him at day care.
User:Ok.. Actually jus 2 days back on a trial basis I left him in a day care for jus one hour
Doctor:Only that you will have to communicate with the care takers regarding his likings regarding food.
Doctor:Ok. How did it go?
User:But looks like he wwas crying for most of the time and refused to calm down
User:so will he get settled naturally
User:or is it a matter of concern
User:First day he cried for sum 15 min then settled
Doctor:It happens. Till now he was very comfortable with you around, always. Now, just a change. he will get settled fast.
User:but the next day for most of the time he was crying it seems.. cos there wer other newbies in that place as well
User:who were also crying..
Doctor:Yeah. That could be a reason.
User:But will continuous crying have any impact on him
User:i mean his health
User:when shld I take it seriously?
Doctor:But otherwise, things should get settled naturally.
Doctor:No problem will be there. Once they learn that there is no use of crying, they will settle easily.
Doctor:You need not worry.
User:Thanks Doctor.. One more input, he has not yet srted talkin
User:So I was not sure if it is the rite time or shld he wait till he speaks out
User:cos he may express his feelings as well rite?
Doctor:It is usual for kids to be put in day care centres from the age of 1 and half years.
Doctor:They start learning to speak properly from the centres.
Doctor:You can inform the care takers about how he expresses things, such as hunger, thirst, toilet etc.
Doctor:You will notice the changes soon once he has settled there.
User:Cooll.. Doctor during the initial days is it better if I spend sum time with him at the care center rather leaving him abruptly in the hands os strangers that too in anwe envn
Doctor:yes. Initially it is better that you are there for some time every day with him.
Doctor:Once he gets adjusted, you can leave him there continuously.
User:Ok.. Even I felt so.. but the day care lady says that will not help him in any way cos again after I leave, he may cry for me.. ?
User:How do u view this tsmt of hers
Doctor:That is right in one way. But it can be done in an effective way. You can be there with him, but stay bit away from him. Let him play with others and you can intervene whenever necessary.
User:u mean out of sight?
Doctor:For example, first day you stay there for around 20 minutes.
Doctor:You stay within his site in between.
Doctor:And then disappear for say 5 minutes.
Doctor:Then come back and be within his sight.
Doctor:So he knows every time that you will be coming back later.
Doctor:Gradually you can shorten your time of stay.
Doctor:By that time, he would be adapted to that environment.
User:yaa I am getting your point.. even I thought of the same.. By this we can even make the place and the people around familiar to him..
Doctor:This would make it easy on you and the kid.
User:When I discussed this point wit her, she was not convinced.. she feels that will still spoil the kid and will not allow him to mingle wit her..
User:I dunno how to convince her
Doctor:She is not right. It does not spoil the kid.
User:Shld i insist her or shall I leave in her way??
Doctor:In that case, I would suggest you to find another day care centre.
Doctor:If no other option, then it would be fine to leave the kid with her. She might be confident and able to do it in her own way.
User:Ok doctor.. thank you very much for your valuable inputs and guidance
Doctor:Hope I had been able to guide you to your satisfaction.
Doctor:Is there anything else I can help you with?
Doctor:Hope you do not have any other queries.
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
Doctor:Have a nice Day!!
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