Kindergarten children have to stay at home because of a cold

Kindergarten children have to stay at home because of a cold

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Kindergarten infections: "Runny nose is not a typical corona symptom"

In children, a runny nose is in itself nothing unusual. Many parents are currently experiencing that their child will be excluded from daycare for the mildest cold symptoms because there is a suspicion of a coronavirus infection. Is this justified? Interview with a pediatrician.

A runny nose is enough and the child has to go home. Daycare centers have been subject to strict regulations due to the corona pandemic. A pediatrician explains why the requirements are exaggerated.

Hardly back in the daycare and already back home

As soon as the daycare centers were open to all children nationwide, the first children were already back home. The reason: In most federal states, due to the hygiene requirements, the facilities are required to send children home even with mild cold symptoms.

No uniform regulation

The handling of the facilities is like wild growth: Some daycare centers require pediatricians to issue a certificate that is intended to rule out a disease with the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus. Others require the children to have a negative corona test result, while others do not.

Pediatrician doubts whether it makes sense

Jakob Mask has a pediatrician practice in Berlin-Schöneberg and is the spokesman for the professional association of pediatricians. A conversation about the meaningfulness of the guidelines from politics and what parents can hope for. There are increasing cases in which kindergartens send children home with a normal cold. Interview with Jakob Mask

In your view, how sensible is it to define a cold as an exclusion criterion?

Jakob mask: "This is utter nonsense. Runny nose is not a typical symptom of a corona disease, but a normal cold symptom. In the first day of nursing, children go through 10 to 15 infections, in the second there are still 5 to 10. "

It's summer now, and yet many children have a cold right now. Is the theory correct that they are now catching up on the infections that they did not have due to spring closures?

mask: "I do not know whether one can speak of catching up. But one thing is clear: Since the daycare centers have opened again, more children have come together and infections have spread more easily. But they don't necessarily have anything to do with Corona. "

If daycare centers send sick or supposedly sick children home more consistently, this will reduce the overall sickness rate among children and educators. But what does this mean for the child's immune system?

mask: "That's the problem: At some point we all have to go through illnesses, the earlier the better. Otherwise, the build-up of the body's defenses will move ever further back.

If runny nose is not a reason to send children home - what are the symptoms?

mask: "It still applies that children with a fever - that's what we talk about in a rectal measurement from 38.5 degrees - should stay home with diarrhea, vomiting or general fatigue. And, of course, it makes sense in individual cases not to send the child to the daycare center if they suspect Corona - for example, because they had close contact with an infected person. "

Some facilities also require a certificate, so-called health records, from the pediatrician before the son or daughter can go back to their group. What is to be made of it?

mask: “As an association, we have positioned ourselves very clearly. With banal infectious diseases, there is no medical need to issue certificates. I think this is nonsense both medically and economically. Because a parent then has to go back to the practice with the child to get a certificate and cannot go back to work for a day. "

Is there to be fear that parents will send their child with fever suppositories or juice to the day care center in autumn and winter in despair?

mask: "There are cases in which parents are already doing this. But I don't think that will increase. Because most parents worry about their child when they are sick. "

Children were treated particularly severely from the start of the pandemic - although numerous studies have since disproved that children are at great risk of infection. How do you explain that?

mask: "Politics has never taken the children's perspective, not all the time. The restrictions that were decided were correct. But the easing was far too late for daycare centers and schools. Collateral damage was simply accepted, that children have lost ties, that they have learned less. Children have been portrayed as super spreaders. We know that there is little danger from them. Nevertheless, there are many educators and teachers who are very afraid of being infected. You have to take that seriously. "

Do you have any advice for parents on how to get through the fall and winter seasons with their children?

mask: "Keep your nerve. There has to be a clear regulation from above on how daycare centers should deal with mild symptoms in the coming months. And I'm sure it will come. The pressure rises. ”(Vb; source: Julia Kirchner)

Author and source information

This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.

Graduate editor (FH) Volker Blasek


  • Statement by the professional association of pediatricians (published: June 9th, 2020),

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