Thursday, February 26, 2009

Sick Days

How do you decide whether or not to send your kids to school?

When Jake was little, it was hard. He'd look sick, and before long I'd cave. There would be calls to make so that I could stay home with him and he'd milk it for a little while, but pretty soon he'd be running through the house and constructing Lego towers. How could a kid with a fever of 102 degrees be so damn energetic?

Some days I was tempted to just load him up with a good dose of Tylenol and send him anyway.

(Shh. Don't tell anyone I said that!)

I mean really, how do you tell how sick your kid is, other then if they are obviously throwing up or have a major fever, and is it really that bad to send them anyway?

Seriously, some people do.

Let's face it though; kids are not careful about swapping germs. They wipe their noses with their hand and then want to hold yours, they eat food off the floor, lick desks (and each other!) or put their fingers in each other's ears. No matter how much your wash your hands, it's inevitable-you will get sick because that classroom is actually a cesspool of germs just waiting for fresh meat. You might as well just paint a target on yourself and invite the germs for tea, already.

In the last 16 years I've caught Norwalk, the chicken pox, various flu viruses and colds-one of which morphed into the most hellish sinus infection of all time, knocking me out for a good three weeks over Christmas holidays.


Okay, not so much. It was bad. Especially when I had the chicken pox, and was a spotted, cranky, shivering mess at 3 am with a fever so high that I was hallucinating about aliens visiting me. All from a little 8 year old whose Mommy sent to school with the chicken pox.

Anyway, the folks over at Triaminic has created this great site that has some sick day guidelines, for when you just aren't sure. What parent couldn't use a little refresher? Check out the site and see when you should keep junior at home, and when it's probably okay to send them off. Plus there's tips on how to prevent the spread of colds and flu, which are always welcome.

Trust me, your local school staff will thank you.

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