Lillian had the barf bug the Friday before Easter...it was really fast and quick and by the middle of the night it was over and she woke up Saturday morning feel just like her old self. We had a town Easter Egg hunt that morning and even though she felt fine and really wanted to go i told her she couldn't. Had it been a school day, school rules would have prevented her from going to school as it hadn't been 24 hours. Incidentally that night she started barfing my 11 year old had a friend over. I sent a text to her mother just informing her that my 8 year old had started throwing up in case she wanted her daughter to go home.
Actually....thinking about it, other than that, i really just play it by school rules and how they feel themselves. If they are sick as a dog and miserable...then i wouldn't bring them around anyone else. But if they don't have a fever but feel good enough to eat and play and go about the day like other days...I'll send them to school even if they have a nasty cough and boogery nose.
If someone was coming over with a very little one, or their first child, and one of my kids was exhibiting these symptoms, i'd probably warn the parent.
Honestly, i know it really ticks some people when people bring their symptom-showing kids out in public but.....sorry, thats what i do.
ETA: I should add that school rules are no barfing for 24 hours or no fever for 24 hours (i do cheat these numbers soemtimes...if its been like 19 hours), no conjunctivitis unless on antibiotic for at least 24 hours.
If I'm not sure -- as in, I think my kid is fine now, but who knows? -- then I ask the other parent if they are comfortable still coming over/playing. If it's a school issue, we wait 24 hours after fever, since that's what they ask for.
Throwing up is different, I think you can tell when your kid has recovered. Mostly.
Laurie, mom to:
Nathaniel ( 11 ) and Juliet ( 7 )
Baking Adventures In A Messy Kitchen (blog)
Depends. With most of the stuff they come down with they're probably contagious before they even have symptoms. I don't prevent my kids from going anywhere if they just have a common cold. If they're puking or super sick with high fever I'll keep them home for at least a day, maybe two, but not just to keep them from making other kids sick but because THEY feel like crap. The only place I want to be when I'm uber sick is at home, laying on the couch watching TV, so I let them do the same A nice lazy day covered with a blankie eating popsicles and watching cartoons is sometimes warranted!
oh man this discussion has caused me to read an interesting article on the wonder virus that is Norovirus...and how well its 'designed'
Its an interesting read..if you can 'stomach' it. Get it? ha...mom jokes.
The Norovirus: A Study in Puked Perfection – Phenomena: The Loom
Last edited by ClairesMommy; 04-10-2013 at 02:12 PM.
I wait until the active symptoms are gone or on their way out. So I won't expose other kids to her if she has lots of green snot, a really nasty cough or is pukey. But if there is just a residual runny nose, cough or not quite back to 100% tummy and for the most part it is gone then I will let her see other kids and go to school.
My kids would miss so much school if i waited for symptoms like that to go away.
CARRIE and DH 7/14/07