Some day care workers too quick to send kids home

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A study of day care workers in Wisconsin found a tendency to send kids home who aren't that sick.

The study, published online in the journal Pediatrics, surveyed child care directors about how they would respond to certain, mild symptoms. Those with the most experience were less likely to overreact.

The authors of the study say the key is to educate child care workers about guidelines that indicate when symptoms are mild enough to ignore. Sending kids home when it isn't necessary can create unnecessary burdens as parents leave work, make other child care arrangements, or take their children to emergency rooms.

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