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Dear Parents, Keep your sick kids home!

March 13, 2018

I have had something weighing heavy on my mind in the last few months. Kids get sick, and its totally normal… especially kids in daycare. Living in Maine and winters are brutal which usually means many colds that may turn to ear infections. I am okay with that. You know what I am not okay with though? Parents that sent their kids to daycare knowing that their child is sick.

I know that there are germs everywhere and that kiddos can pick up anything, any place but when a parent loads their kid up with Tylenol and ships them off to daycare, this is a huge problem.

I am a working mom, don’t get me wrong… and I have totally have been there. I understand the struggle of not wanting to call out or using personal time to stay home taking care of sick kids… but guess what? They are your kid and it is not someone else’s job to take care of your sick, cranky child.

Keep your kid home. Don’t let them go off to daycare, school, sports practice because those germs spread like wildfire because this is what ultimately happens… you send your child to daycare sick and then they get my child sick who then will spread it to their sibling and then to my husband and I. So that one or two days that you would have had to stay home with your child, just turned into a week of my family being home.

That’s right, my husband and I get to miss a week of work and spend a few weeks six in recovery mode with no sleep and complete misery for an entire household all because you couldn’t wait a few days until your child was no longer contagious.

My son is only 9 months old, meaning he hasn’t been able to get vaccinated for certain things. So when you send your child with just a “little cough” or “a sore throat”, is a recipe for disaster for his little immune system, that could easily be pertussis or RSV. So you know that time I was talking about missing from work, well now lets on some more type and medical bills due to hospital visits.

That 24-hour rule that child care centers have, yeah that’s there for a reason. 24 hours fever free and symptom-free… your child is to stay home. I don’t care if your child is feeling 100% better and running up and down the house… respect other families and the rules. Your child is driving you crazy and you need to go back to work? Get a family member or friend to watch your child.

Here’s the thing, your child may be fever free for 24 hours but that does not mean that they are not contagious. Our childcare centers and schools have jobs to do and their job is not to take care of your sick child. Your little one needs to be home resting, and at school that is not a place for resting. And this is the reality… I as a parent shouldn’t have to send my child to daycare to a room full of sick children because a parent is too selfish to keep their kids home.

I cringe every time I have to call out because my kids are sick but we are parent’s, and all parents have been through it… as my 4 year old would say, “that’s what happens when you have kids”.

Your job, health and whatever you have going on that your child needs to be at daycare is not important than my day, and neither is child’s health.

So next time your child is sick and you are going to knowingly dose them up with Tylenol or ibuprofen, think about this and a child’s health that you may be compromising.





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    March 13, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    I can’t stand when I go and pick up my son and another kid is hacking all over him… It makes me so angry. I know I can’t keep all germs away from him, but seriously…. gross!!!

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    March 14, 2018 at 8:56 am

    My children aren’t in school yet, but I dread the germs!! Thanks for posting this. I wish more parents thought about other children’s health.

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    March 14, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Trying to decide whether to keep a kid home or send them to school is one of my biggest stressors! Definitely don’t want to make others sick!

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    March 14, 2018 at 9:05 am

    This! I understand too that it is hard to have to take a personal day to keep your child home with you, or to cancel plans again because you don’t have anyone to stay at home with your kid… But guys. It’s part of being a parent. It’s part of being responsible for your child. Please!

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    March 14, 2018 at 9:37 am

    YES YES YES!!! My daughter was sick all last week and I kept her home from daycare for this reason. I didn’t want her getting anyone else sick. Why would you want your miserable kid going to daycare anyways when they just want to be comforted?!

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    March 14, 2018 at 10:14 am

    I’m always so grateful when a parent says “My kid is sick. Can we cancel?” Uh, yeah! Please. Don’t make me and my munchkin sick too.

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    March 14, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    I totally agree. If they are sick call in!

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    Erica @ Coming up Roses
    March 14, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Yes! Sending them to school or daycare before they’re ready just spreads the germs. And some children have compromised immune systems or are unable to get vaccinated no matter what their age, so they might be exposed to germs that they can’t handle.

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    This Messy Season
    March 14, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    This is such a great post, mama!

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    March 14, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    I can so relate! My kids got sick two weeks ago and we had to keep them home for 4 days. Between croup and the stomach bug I wasn’t sending them anywhere.

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    March 14, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    I’m grateful that I have the flexibility at work to take time off whenever I need it. I feel for the parents who don’t.

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    March 15, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    I notice this a lot at library story time and play centers . There are often runny noses and kids and parents alike hacking and coughing beside us . I think it’s fine to take kids that are ‘feeling a bit better’ to a park but not a closed room with healthy kids!
    I’m sure People just want to get out of the house and they think it’s ok or they are past the contagious stage.

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    March 29, 2018 at 9:31 am

    this is so true and thanks for sharing with everyone- i totally agree sick kids need to be at home!

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    March 29, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Yes some parents need to be mindful of this!

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    Kristin's Peppermints and Cherries
    March 29, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    So true. If people in the general public would stay home when not well, there would be a lot less illness!

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