Our expert says:
The respiratory problems could be caused or worsened by allergens in dust, but you would need to have your son see his doctor to make sure this is the cause or whether it is something else - respiratory problems have many possible causes. Respiratory infections in small children are also common, and especially in children who attend creches. Encourage the other parents to do the same, and stay in communication with them.
Dust and dirt can worsen respiratory problems, but in fact even clean premises can still contain enough dust to trigger a reaction in someone who has a dust allergy. For that reason I'm not convinced dust is the problem.
Cleaning, especially with cleaning chemicals, should preferably not take place in a room while children are present.
A creche must be registered with the Department of Social Development; the number they have given me for the Durban office is 031 336 8704. Any registered creche should have regular inspections, including environmental health inspections. The principal of the creche should also be prepared to give you information about when the last inspection was done, and when cleaning is done i.e. is it done with the kids present?
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