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thread: Do you send your kids to school (kindy, preprimary) when they're sick but feeling ok?

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    The constant runny nose/cold thing can't be 'normal' though - surely it's because kids are in together with other kids with runny noses that they all stay sick all the time? I appreciate it's a tough situation to be in when you're working and there are no other options. It's not good, though.


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    Its not all about spreading germs either. They need to stay home & rest to get better. Running around at school won't help.

    DS is in kindy 3 days too. He loves it so much he hates missing a day. I kept him home yesterday, after he slept all day Sunday & had fevers of 38.8 Monday. Yesterday he seemed fine, no fever etc, but today he has an earache.

    I'm not sure what to do tomorrow. He's on antibiotics for the ear, & isn't in any pain. But that could all change tomorrow.

    I'm a bit over this doctor thinking though that because DD is still running around, she can't be too sick. Fever today of 39.1 & still active, she must be fine

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    The constant runny nose/cold thing can't be 'normal' though - surely it's because kids are in together with other kids with runny noses that they all stay sick all the time? I appreciate it's a tough situation to be in when you're working and there are no other options. It's not good, though.
    My kids get runny noses with hayfever.. I have had this diagnosed by both GP, and allergy specialist. I think this is where others need to be trusting the parent of that child. I am sure some people think my kids are constantly sick cause they have cold like symptoms a lot, but unless I go through the unpleasantness of making them immune to the grass pollens (which is a long stage of injecting the pollen into them, which I will not do at this age), I can't stop it.

    Last time I took a day off it cost me in excess of $200 (loss of casual work hrs, daycare, and drs visit), and if my kids are genuinely sick (not just because someone assumes they are cause they have a runny nose) I will give through that money away again.

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    I actually get really cross when people with the flu go out and about. If someone with a compromised immunity catches the flu, it could be life threatening.

    If my DD has a mild cold, she will be sent to school. But anything else, she's home. I know there's a couple of kids at school with seriously compromised immunity and so I don't risk it for them. I got really annoyed when a child was sent to holiday program when they were very sick and of course DD got it and then I got it. Some common courtesy would be nice.

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    I think runny noses are a long way from green/yellow mucus. I wouldn't expect anyone to keep a child home just because of a runny nose - my kids would never go to school in winter!

    i understand it would be really hard for working mums - my mum was a working single mum - but this particular woman is a SAHM so I can't give her any leeway for that.

    DD1 has been up and down all day - temp 30 minutes ago was 40.8! DD2's was 39 and DD3's 38 (I'm hoping hers is more to do with having had her vax on Tuesday). Fortunately panadol is controlling it so far for all of them and we'll not be needing a late night trip to emergency

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    I actually get really cross when people with the flu go out and about. If someone with a compromised immunity catches the flu, it could be life threatening.

    If my DD has a mild cold, she will be sent to school. But anything else, she's home. I know there's a couple of kids at school with seriously compromised immunity and so I don't risk it for them. I got really annoyed when a child was sent to holiday program when they were very sick and of course DD got it and then I got it. Some common courtesy would be nice.
    Ditto this. If DD is sick (actually properly sick, not just a runny nose with nothing else) I keep her home. A) it's not fair on her to send her to childcare when she just wants cuddles and rest at home, and B) it's not fair on other kids who then catch what she has. Sure, it's hard juggling days at home with work but her health is worth it. A couple of weeks ago DD had the flu and had the whole week off childcare, DH and I just swapped days at home and work.

    There's this one guy at DH's work who makes me mad. He sends his twins to childcare unless they have gastro. Anything else and they'll be there, spreading it around. The centre called him once to pick up the little boy - he'd been crying all afternoon and wasn't well. His dad said no, we don't come get them unless it's gastro. That really annoys me, because there are so many things other than gastro that I don't want DD getting!

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    Ah, I hadn't thought of hayfever - lucky me I guess!
    I'm ok with runny noses if it's the tail-end of something and they're better. But runny noses often auger something much worse to come... I guess I associate runny noses with being sick because that's the only time my kids get them

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    Ah, I hadn't thought of hayfever - lucky me I guess!
    I'm ok with runny noses if it's the tail-end of something and they're better. But runny noses often auger something much worse to come... I guess I associate runny noses with being sick because that's the only time my kids get them
    A lot of people do. I used to as well.. Got so tired of my kids always being 'sick', and was kind of relieved when the gp sent us to allergy specialist to confirm his diagnosis.. And sometimes it is hard for me to tell if they have hayfever or a cold.. If I have doubts, I give a dose of zyrtec. If the symptoms go away, then we go about our lives, if not, I watch for something else brewing.. And while I get frustrated about people assuming they are sick, I have learnt not to voice it negatively since I know what I used to think..

    ETA - we don't actually give zyrtec regularly to control the hayfever, only when they are really struggling with the symptoms (I don't like it cause it makes me drowsy, so not going to give it the children often)..

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