Children starting day care have fewer infections after the first year

First-year daycare attendees had a higher incidence of acute gastroenteritis (AGE) during the first year and lower during the third to sixth year of age compared with nonattendees reports a study from Netherlands in the journal Pediatrics published online April 25. The daycare-associated increase in AGE incidence was most pronounced during the first 12 months after enrollment into daycare and demonstrated clear seasonality. Protection against AGE infection persists at least up to age 6 years.