NWR: Do you/would you keep your kids home when they are sick?

posted 2 years ago in Parenting
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

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
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Blushing bee

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
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Bumble bee

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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
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Sugar bee

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
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

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
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Blushing bee

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 # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

MrsEME:  She’s a nurse so hand washing is essential.

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I have a baby, but I will keep her home when she is sick.

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