Post # 1
I ran across this blurb on FB– and the comments being made were all over the map. I thought some of them were about as selfish as they could get.
The gyst of the article was: please keep your kids home when they are sick.
Some people think that kids should be able to go to school and have playdate regardless if they are sick- because they are helping other kids build an immune system.
A woman said that if her kid feels well enough to go to school, she send him even if he is sick because how cruel of her to make him miss out on a day of education.
A another poster said “why don’t we just lock them all up and never let them out”– because as we all know, keeping a child home when they are sick is totally cruel and we’re “locking them up”.
Another said “Well as an adult, you go to work when you’re sick, unless you’re a pos and lazy person”– insinuating that kids need to go to school when they are sick. Ummmm no. If my body is telling me it needs rest, I will stay home. Not to mention I worked in the food industry- do you really want me serving you food while I’m sick?
How I feel:
If a kid has a cold and no fever- fine- send them to school. Do us all a favor though- and teach them how to cougher thier coughs and use a tissue to wipe or blow thier nose, if for no other reason- because it’s gross.
If your kid has a fever, keep them home. If your kid is vommiting or it’s coming out the other end- keep them home. If your kid has strep- keep them home until they’ve had meds for 24 hours AND fever is gone- as recommended. We don’t gain immunity to strep- we have to visit the DR and get meds. The last time my kiddo had strep, he got a virus on top on it. It was EIGHT days of being home- because even after strep meds were gone, the virus was giving him a fever.
Thoughts on this?
Post # 2
Ugh yes. If you or your kid has a fever, is puking or has diarrhea stay home. Those are the kind of things that spread and you never know how that simple flu that just made your kid have a fever and the sniffles could affect someone else. Maybe another kid has a sibling getting chemo who is immune compromised and that flu your kid took to school ends up with another kid in the hospital. Or any other number of nasty things it can spread. Missing one day of school isn’t the end of the world.
Post # 3
I’m 100% with you on this. I’m an avid listener of what my body is telling me and I’ll raise my kids the same way.
Post # 4
Even adults should stay home if they have a fever, or infection… I hate when people come to work with their germs so I wouldn’t send my kids to infect other children/families!
Post # 5
If my child has a fever over 100 or is puking or has diarrhea, I keep him/her home. If you keep them home every time they whine or complain or have the sniffles, they will never go to school. When in doubt, I err on the side of caution and keep them home.
Post # 6
MrsEME: I teach a child with a serious long term condition/illness. It really annoys me seeing other childten coming into school and potentially making her ill.
Post # 7
It is my kids’ school policy that kids sick with a fever, diarrhea, or vomiting has to stay home. I will keep my kids home if they are sick to those points.
Post # 8
I keep my children home when they are sick. Not all students have the same ability to fight off illness or develop immunity.
On the other hand, I am lucky to have paid leave if it’s necessary to care for a sick child. Most parents are not that lucky.I understand why parents who will lose wages or even their job if they stay home, may make another decision for a mild illness.
Post # 9
There is nothing worse than kids going to school with Gastro, it spreads so far just from one kid going to school.
My daughter has a disability and heart issues, I know this may seem selfish and I know it isn’t any other parents problem, but when she gets a bug it hits her terribly, she suffers more.
Also, may as well jump on a second issue while I can; Get rid of your kids head lice before they go back to school!
Post # 10
MrsEME: I don’t have kids but I agree with you, and those were my mom’s parameters for staying home also. Fever – home, vomiting/diarrhea – home, strep (which I’ve gotten every year for the past 25 years) – antibiotics for 24 hours and then get your ass back to school. Staying home for a cold? Yeah right! Mom would buy a brand new pack of Kleenex, a bag of cough drops, and tell us to wash our hands every chance we got.
Post # 11
I don’t have kids either but I do know that at my current job, my boss will send our asses home if we even have a cold. He doesn’t want us spreading the germs to others because if everyone in the office is sick then work doesn’t get done.
I feel the same way with kids and school… if my future children have the potential (even with colds) to infect others, then I’m going to keep them home from school because I don’t think its fair to send sick kids to school to make other children and the teachers sick as well… I personally know some parents who send their kids to school all the time, even when they’re sick, because they don’t want to deal with them at home.
Post # 12
phoebephoebo: That’s why I think some people are so selfish. I understand that everyone can’t stay home ALL THE TIME because of one child– but the parents that think fevers and strep and vomiting are “just another illness for children to build immunity to”- makes me want to slap them.
julies1949: “Mild” is the key word there. These mom’s who were commenting were basically saying “screw it- it’s a fever and kids need to build immunity!”
I know not everyone gets paid time off, but this country needs to work on a policy regarding at leasttime off to care for children without parents having thier job threatened. And then parents need to accept that even if they don’t get paid for a day, they need to accept that if they have children.
I had to leave my job (no pay) to care for my sick kid- and my boss used to get really annoyed and try to say no. I told him that hands down, at the end of the day, my family will always come before any job I have- even though I aim to do my job well. His wife was pregnant, and I think he loosened up a bit once his daughter was actually born. It’s funny though- he’d leave all the time when his wife was pregnant and called on a whim— so clearly he must have understood.
sandy85: I don’t think what you’re saying sounds selfish at all. Gastro, and other illnesses are not the kind that chidlren should be going to school with- period. My son had it for TEN days when he was three years old. TEN DAYS. It was so nerve-wracking (and he didn’t like vomiting in the toilet- but rather everywhere else)— they are just not the type of illnesses you should freely offer to others!
Aquaria: That’s awesome that your mom told you to wash your hands. So many kids don’t do that- or use a sleeve, or don’t cover thier mouths– when all it takes is a parent and a good example. My son didn’t just start taking his shoes off automatically when we moved into a place with carpet upstars- he was taught that. And now he spreads to words to guests LOL!!
Post # 13
I teach college students, and it is beyond annoying when I get horribly sick because my students weren’t taught to stay home when they were sick, and they come into my office to tell me they’re sick (as they’re coughing on me!) instead of emailing, or they come into class horribly sick and then I’m missing half the class the next week because now they’re sick. If you’re actually sick, stay home! I agree with PP though that the sniffles shouldn’t be considered as sick enough to stay home. I only really consider the contagious, make me wanna die type sick.
Post # 14
MrsEME: She’s a nurse so hand washing is essential.
Post # 15
I have a baby, but I will keep her home when she is sick.