Sick Care Policy

White House Nannies’ policy regarding what childhood illnesses our nannies will or will not handle is flexible. In our experience, common sense and pediatrician’s advice have taught us that there are no absolute rules about when a nanny can safely and comfortably care for a sick child.

While nannies learn how to care for children with mild illnesses from their past experience , they are NOT medical personnel. Only with a signed authorization and explicit instructions from the parent(s) will our nannies administer medications.

Generally, nannies from White House Nannies have experience caring for children with the following illnesses:

  • Colds and other mild respiratory infections
  • Fevers lower than 102 degrees
  • Strep throat (with antibiotics already started 24 to 48 hours)
  • Ear infections (with antibiotics already started)
  • Diarrhea
  • Teething and colicky behavior
  • Mild cases of the flu
  • Stomach Flu (no vomiting for 24 hrs)

However, we are not able to place nannies in homes where children have:

  • Head lice
  • Highly contagious viruses
  • Hand, Foot, and Mouth (Coxsackie virus)

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