I know it is totally inconvenient to arrange child care, to rearrange meetings and schedules if our kid isn’t absolutely immobile with a fever. We think, he was just wrestling with his brother and begging to stay up later, how sick can he be? We also don’t want our kids to miss school work and get behind. But in the long run, when our kid is sniveling and sneezing, it is our civic duty to keep them contained. 



The cold and flu season is the worst. In our house we seem to pass this cough from one family member to another and back again. My sick kid missed two weeks of school due to pneumonia right after he was off for two weeks for spring break. So, yes, that was a fun 4 week long fight of trying to keep him from completely merging into the computer screen.

We all obsessively hand wash, cough into the elbow, take supplements and try our best to keep any  illness contained. But with the relentlessness of a nasty case of head lice, these colds keeps crawling back for more. As a mom, we are put in a tough position, suck it up and keep them home or risk sending them out to school to potentially get sicker and most likely infect others.  We all kind of know the right thing to do but the variables of contagiousness, energy level of the kid and other mitigating factors all play in our decision.www.parenting.com



This applies to get togethers, playdates and sleepovers as well as school. There is nothing more frustrating than agreeing to a playdate only to find that the little darling is coughing like a  barking seal into your kids face. It’s really a case of do unto others here. If you wouldn’t want my kid coming over and infecting your family with the plague, chances are, neither will I.

As a rule, you should always keep your kid home if they are or have a:

1.  Fever

2. Vomiting or Diarrhea

3. Sore throat (especially if there are spots on the throat)

4. Pink Eye, which is incredibly contagious.

In these instances, there really shouldn’t be a question. We have to suck it up as moms and keep them at home. As much as schools want good attendance records, they also encourage you to keep kids at home until these symptoms pass. In the end, we need to look out for each other and do our best to remember, this too shall pass. Summer, with all her endless schoolless days, will be here soon enough.

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