10 Diseases a Nanny Can Pass to a Family

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The health and welfare of your family is the reason you’ve decided to hire a nanny in the first place; so the last thing you need is to hire someone who exposes then to disease. There are all sorts of nasty viruses and germs out there nowadays, so you need to make sure your nanny’s health record is solid. The following are 10 diseases that a nanny can pass to a family:

  1. HIV/AIDS – Not to disparage your nanny’s virtue, but who knows these days? We’re talking about possibilities here, and this is one of them.
  2. Flu – Different strains crop up every year, and not everyone gets their shot. The efficacy of said shots can be hit and miss anyway, as they are formulated primarily based on speculation.
  3. E. coli – It’s generally transmitted through contact with human or animal feces or ingesting food that has been contaminated by it. So, let’s everyone wash our hands before leaving the john, OK?
  4. Lice – These little buggers make domestic life a real (b)itch, and can transmit things like trench fever and typhus.
  5. Chicken Pox – Highly contagious and unpleasant. Rashes, blotches, sores, blisters, the pits really. A good case of them can last up to 2 weeks.
  6. Measles – Another itchy virus, measles can cause fever, cough, runny nose diarrhea, ear infections, and one miserable houseful of kids.
  7. Strep Throat – Streptococcus bacteria can lead to blood infections, toxic shock syndrome, even necrotizing fasciitis – a flesh-eating disease, for the love of God.
  8. Tonsillitis – Sore throat, headache, fever and chills; loss of voice, red and swollen tonsils. Well, at least things would be a little quieter around the house for a week or two.
  9. Ringworm – A fungus that causes skin rash, round in appearance. Thrives in wet environment, like the shower or bathtub.
  10. Common Cold – So maybe it can’t turn your kids into lousy, flesh-rotted zombies, but it does bring its own brand of misery.
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One Response to 10 Diseases a Nanny Can Pass to a Family

  1. Mos says:

    we were discussing this on the bodars yesterday. apparently agencies recommend you start looking well in advance (5 months). i think you can post a listing on care.com further out than 3 months (irene posted hers on the bodars yesterday and she’s looking for a may nanny). on my local listserv, most people start looking a month in advance because not many nannies are going to wait longer than that for a job.but we also have an abundance of nannies in our neighborhood, and that’s not the case in every area. if you find someone too far in advance, they may also end up taking a job that starts sooner. that’s a tough situation to be in because you don’t know if you’re going to go back to work at 8 weeks or 18 weeks, and i don’t know if a nanny would be willing to wait an extra 10 weeks. maybe you could offer someone part-time if you find someone but end up taking up to 18 weeks?for now maybe it’s worth posting on care.com? there may be nannies out there whose jobs are coming to an end around the time you’re hiring.