Tender Loving Care Inc.

"Aw, Mom, I feel awful! Can I stay home from school?" In the old days, mothers could indulge plaints of colds and other minor ills with plenty of chicken soup and tlc. But in an era of two-income families, few parents can afford to skip work every time Junior comes down with a real or imaginary malady. This dilemma has spawned a new type of day-care facility for children with mild illnesses. More than three dozen of these so-called sniffle centers have opened for business around the U.S., often bearing names right out of A.A. Milne, like Wheezles and Sneezles in...

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