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Old 11-30-2018, 10:37 PM
 
Location: TX
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Our local library is great but the past few times I've gone, my child ended up with a stomach bug. Vomiting, high fever...twice now. Should I contact management to ask about their cleaning practices? Do they Lysol the toys? I'll just take him to another library....what would you do?
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Old 11-30-2018, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Do you take your child to story hour or group activity time? Maybe he is getting sick from being exposed to the other children? Did you go other places the same days that you went to the library?

Also, getting sick twice may be just a coincidence.
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Old 11-30-2018, 11:47 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Do you take your child to story hour or group activity time? Maybe he is getting sick from being exposed to the other children? Did you go other places the same days that you went to the library?

Also, getting sick twice may be just a coincidence.
Norovirus, rotavirus, and other "stomach bugs" are very contagious and any library is under constant siege every single day. Even if they did disinfect every toy, every surface, every book the reintroduction is going to happen pretty quickly.
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Old 12-01-2018, 12:55 AM
 
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Dunno. We clean with just water at home. We don't use disinfectant. We do use the sanitize rinse cycle and wash our hands religiously.

Kids are VERY rarely sick, though we hit public places and the library at least twice a week.
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Old 12-01-2018, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Florida
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This is the time of year for lots of illnesses. It could be the library or it could be the grocery store, any public bathroom (gross, I know!), or anywhere else you take your child. Could be a coincidence or maybe not. You could try switching to the other library, but chances are good that your little one will pick up illnesses somewhere else. I know it's frustrating and worrisome, but that's just par for the course when you have a toddler/preschooler.
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Old 12-01-2018, 09:03 AM
 
Location: here
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Everything everyone else said, plus, do you wash their hands when you're finished? The best thing any of us can do to keep from getting sick is wash our hands. There is a chance that the cleaning products the library uses don't kill the kind of germs you are getting. If you want to pursue it you could try to talk to someone there about the cleaning products they are using, and maybe even have the health department determine if they are effective.

Oh, and how long after going to the library does he get sick? Norovirus onset is a day or 2.
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Old 12-01-2018, 09:39 AM
 
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Any place where there are lots of children touching surfaces, kids will catch viruses. Either avoid these "infectorama" play places, or teach your kids to keep their hands away from their faces at all times, carry hand sanitizer with you, sanitize hands frequently, and take them to the bathroom to wash their hands very well before you leave, and don't touch anything on your way out.
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Old 12-01-2018, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Any place where there are lots of children touching surfaces, kids will catch viruses.
Yep, I did notice that both times we went to a local skating rink over the winter one year, where they had arcade games, two of my kids got the flu. It's not a coincidence.
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Old 12-01-2018, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Any place where there are lots of children touching surfaces, kids will catch viruses. Either avoid these "infectorama" play places, or teach your kids to keep their hands away from their faces at all times, carry hand sanitizer with you, sanitize hands frequently, and take them to the bathroom to wash their hands very well before you leave, and don't touch anything on your way out.
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Diligence with handwashing is a must for all of us to avoid getting illnesses while in public. During flu season you might consider not bringing children to the library....or keeping them with you instead of with the toy section.
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Old 12-01-2018, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Northern panhandle WV
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I think I would bring it to the attention of someone in charge at the Library. May or may not be from there but no reason they should not be using good sanitary practices. I would also wipe down your children as soon as you go to the car from the library and any other such public places, also Always wipe down your grocery carts before use.
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