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April 1987

Infections in Day-care Centers

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics The University of Texas Health Science Center 7703 Floyd Curl Dr San Antonio, TX 78284-7811

Am J Dis Child. 1987;141(4):404-405. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1987.04460040062013

The most recent US Department of Labor statistics indicate that nearly half of the number of mothers with infants under 1 year of age are working outside the home (The New York Times, March 16, 1986, p 25). This fraction is an increase over previous estimates, and there is reason to believe that this trend will continue. A variety of arrangements have been devised to care for these and older children, ranging from baby-sitting to more structured day-care centers. The objective of these arrangements is to allow parents to work. When children are ill, alternatives may be required. To address this need, day-care centers specifically designed to care for sick children are being established (Time, Feb 17, 1986, p 57). The exact number of well or sick children cared for in any of these arrangements is unknown. The proportion regulated and the degree of enforcement can only be surmised.

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