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Thread: Should I send my 18mth old to a preschool or keep him home?

  1. #11
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    Jan 2009
    IMHO not sending 18m/o babies to daycare is not called keeping them in a bubble. I agree with jchet that preschool starts at around 4. Our CF hodpital advised us against daycare until the age of 3 b/c their airways are really tiny when they are babies and the potential of a cold turning into somethiing nasty is greater. Is getting a nanny/babysitter an option for you financially? If it is, I would not hesitate, my dd (6 y/o) went to preschool at 3 and she is a bright and very sociable child.

  2. #12
    I also agree that choosing not to put a child in daycare does not equate to keeping them in a bubble. We made the decision not to put our DD in daycare because our clinic "strongly suggested" that it was not the best idea for her. There are so many sick children and it is very difficult to keep your child from interacting with other sick kids. We specifically asked about what they felt would happen when she started school if she wasn't exposed to a day care setting, would it be the same. They suggested that hopefully by the time she enters school she will have had time to grow enough antibodies to make it less of an issue. We have always been encouraged to make sure that DD gets exposure to as many people and situations as possible so that she can develop those antibodies. DD might not go to daycare but she goes to the local playground, she attends a gymnastics class, and always travels to various cities and schools with us when our older daughter has a basketball tournament. This allows us to help her body get exposure to germs without interacting directly with those that are sick. So far, it has worked well for us. DD is amazingly healthy, has never been hospitalized, and has not yet this year been on antibiotics (knock on wood).
    Mother to two beautiful girls.
    DD1 - 18 years no CF
    DD2 - 3 years with CF (ddF508)

  3. #13
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    Jan 2009
    By the time you pay for preschool/daycare, you can pay for a nanny/sitter to come into your home and play with your child one on one, teach colors and letters, take to the park, museum, and even playdates. And the exposure to bacteria and viruses is limited until immunities and strong lungs have had a chance. I know I posted that same suggestion already but I'm glad to see so many others chime in on the same line. That is the approach we took. Our 9 year old has only been hospitalized for one tune up, altho we've had surgery for polyps several times. Out CF Clinic recommended he stay out of daycare as long as possible when he was born. So we brought in nursing students, elementary education students, and similar people throughout infancy and toddler hood while we could. He went to only one year of daycare, then half day preschool, and kindergarten. He's had no trouble socially or academically. He does well.
    I also believe there are several studies that suggest most children (not specific for CF) do better overall, socially and academically, if they stay at home until preschool and kindergarten age. But that's a whole different debate which you can research to make you're own conclusions!

  4. #14
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    Jan 2012
    It's totally your choice and you are not wrong either way. I was in your place last year trying to decide whether or not to enroll my son in pre-school at 2. I decided to wait until this year so he'll start this September at 3. When he was just an infant, I joined at local mom's group and through them found playgroups that we've been going to two days a week. He still gets sick from the other kids, but at least it's more controlled because there are less kids and I'm there to make sure his hands are washed, etc. If you are nervous about pre-school, but want him to socialize more, you could try that. Or you could try pre-school and if he starts getting too sick, pull him out and wait.

  5. #15
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    Aug 2017
    I would suggest that you should send your kid to preschool. They will teach him how to explore, hygiene and sharing and extra curricular activities.
    Last edited by anna786; 09-02-2017 at 03:08 AM.

  6. #16
    I know that my youngest child, at 22 months, was begging us to go to preschool from 9-noon. She'd watched her older sister go to school, been there at pickup, saw all the other kids, and really really wanted to go. We told her that she could only go if she were potty trained. (thinking that would delay the situation for a bit). Nope. She literally trained over night, poo and pee. She really craved that social interaction with other children, and no matter how many groups and activities I signed up for with her, she didnt feel like she was getting her fill of peers. It was not something that I was able to provide at home, nor would a nanny. I think every kid and every situation is different. You know your own child best and the surrounding issues. You gotta go with what works for you and your family. My daughter loved it and always wanted to go, every morning.
    DDf508, 46 years old, 2 daughters (ages 16 and 12). CFRD, GERD. Married 20+ years. Transplanted at Duke 10/12/17.

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