The school year has started.  And, when kids go to school they start sharing germs!

Chances are sometime this school year your kids will have sore throats, runny noses, fevers, or the flu and will need to stay home.   It is not easy for working parents to stay home from work when their child is sick.

In fact, A 2012 study by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital found that 50% of today’s work force is worried about finding sick child care.

TLC for Kids is here to help!  TLC temporary caregivers are available to take care of sick kids who can’t go to school or daycare.   If your school or daycare calls during the day and your child needs to come home let us know.  We can try to send someone over within a few hours.

If you need help after hours our Emergency Service Coordinators Sarah and Debbie are available until 9:45 pm Sunday through Thursday and start working again at 6:30 am Monday through Friday.

All TLC for Kids caregivers have experience working with children and have been screened by our professional staff.  Register with TLC at tlcforkids.com or call 314-725-5660 for the St. Louis, Mo. office and 305-256-5905 for the Florida office.

In 1985, TLC for Kids introduced the concept of in-home, as-needed nanny care to St. Louis families. This means families had the ability to access childcare at any time by just calling the TLC office. Two years ago TLC opened an office in Miami, Florida helping Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach families with as-needed care.

One reason in-home, as-needed care is so important is because sickness is inevitable when your kids are going to school and daycare. Everyone is playing with the same toys, touching the same desks, and swapping different germs.
So, when your child is sick, but you can’t take off work, what do you? The answer is simple: Call TLC for Kids. TLC has nannies that are available specifically for taking care of sick children.
Because we know sickness rarely pops up during convenient times, like our office hours 8-5:30, TLC for Kids has an emergency service line that is open from 6:30-8 AM and evenings from 6:45-9:45 PM. If you call outside of these hours, TLC ‘s own After Hours and Emergency coordinator checks the messages regularly.
Cold and flu season is here, unfortunately. We hope your children don’t get sick this year, but if they do, know thatTLC is ready to help you by providing quality and reliable back up childcare.
Need a back up sitter? Call the TLC office today: (314) 725-5660 or (305) 256-5905.

 

Flu season is quickly approaching! Peak flu season is from November through March.

Flu Facts: ~Five to twenty percent of the US population get influenza each year. ~More than two-hundred thousand patients are hospitalized each year resulting in around twenty-thousand deaths. ~Patients at highest risk are young children, pregnant women, patients with chronic medical conditions (diabetes, heart and lung disease) and those over age sixty-five.

Flu Vaccine Myths: “The flu shot made me sick” – The vaccination cannot cause flu. The virus is killed or weakened during the manufacturing process. You may have been exposed to a non-flu virus or to the flu prior to the vaccine taking effect. “I’m healthy, I don’t need a vaccination” – Even healthy patients can spread the flu to a grandparent or child, placing them at high risk for complications. “The shots aren’t safe” – Allergic reaction to the flu shot is very rare. Patients with a history of severe egg allergy or prior reaction should not get the vaccine. The possible risk of Guillen-Barre Syndrome is one to two per million vaccinated which is much lower than the risk of severe influenza. “It’s too early for the flu shot” or “It’s too late for the flu shot” – The US Center for Disease Control recommends getting the flu shot as soon as available. Flu season is unpredictable and starts early some years. Cases of influenza can occur as late as May, so late vaccination can still be protective.

Contact your physician’s office for information about availability of the vaccination. If your physician’s office does not carry the vaccine, it is given at local pharmacies.

St. Louis and Miami Back Up Care:

TLC for Kids was one of the first agencies in the country to offer sick childcare. Our professionally screened sitters can come to your house and care for your sick child.  You can go to work with the assurance that your child is in good hands.  Our emergency service is open after hours until 9:30pm and early in the morning to answer your calls and set you up with a great babysitter.  The TLC emergency service is one of the many ways we are here to help you with all your childcare needs.

TLC For Kids, Inc. has been St. Louis’ premier nanny and babysitting agency  for over 25 years.   TLC For Kids’ dedicated staff is ready to assist you in finding nannies, tutors, newborn care specialists, sitters and more.  Reach us at info@tlcforkids.com or 314-725-5660.

Yikes!!  Schools are starting.   Are you ready for school this year?

The first thing Miami working parents can do ensure a great school year is to line up childcare. TLC For Kids can help with all your back to school childcare needs. We can help Miami families with after school nannies. And our temporary babysitting staff can help with days off. TLC For Kids even has emergency babysitting service that can help with last minute sick care needs..

After your lined up your childcare it’s time to get organized! Organizing means decluttering! Find the places in your house where papers gather and go through it. Anything from last school year or summer camps can be trashed. Things that you thought you were going to do this summer and didn’t can be thrown away. Then go through your kids room and do the same thing. Projects from the previous school year can be packed away or recycled to make room for things from this upcoming year.

Pull out anything you will need to start this school year. Things like your school supply list, immunization records, reading lists, and the school calender. Review these papers and make sure you have everything you need to get the school year started on the right foot!

What are your tips for getting organized for the school year?