ERIC Number: ED437160
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Respiratory Infections: Respiratory Infections Challenge Child Care Centers. NCEDL Spotlights, No. 5.
Collier, Albert M.; Henderson, Frederick W.
This report, the fifth in the National Center for Early Development & Learning's (NCEDL) "Spotlight" series, is based on excerpts from a paper presented during the "Research into Practice in Infant/Toddler Care" synthesis conference in fall 1997. The report addresses preventing respiratory infections in child care centers. Findings on the subject include: (1) children under the age of 3 who attend child care have more respiratory infections than children of the same age who are cared for at home; the severity of these infections in young children is also greater; (2) children who are routinely in contact with only 3 children daily rather than 30 children have less of a chance of coming into contact with an infectious agent; and (3) children attending child care will be infected with viral respiratory infections earlier than children living at home with no siblings in school. The report notes that, curiously, a synthesis of research reveals no evidence that excluding sick children from a child care center reduces the incidence of acute respiratory disease, and that a hygienic intervention conducted in child care centers resulted in no significant differences in the rates of illness. The report concludes with suggestions for future research. (EV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Early Development & Learning, Chapel Hill, NC.