Esther - posted on 04/07/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )
Do you think it's OK to send your kids to school when they have a cold, or are just less than 100% healthy, or do you think you should keep them home at the first sign of a runny nose, so that they don't spread their germs to other kids? If you have a job, do you personally stay home when you don't feel well in order not to infect your co-workers?
My answers are yes and no. Yes, my son goes to daycare if he has a cold. I'm a working mom and if I had kept him home every time he had a runny nose he would have been home the entire first year of his life. Unfortunately I just don't have those kinds of vacation days (if only ....). He also goes to school when he has diarhea, since he really only gets that when he's teething so it's not a bacterial cause. If he has a fever, he stays home and he stays home for a day after the fever has broken too. If it seems like he may be coming down with something (just a little cranky etc.) he's off to school. We'll pick him up if he actually gets sick. If I have a cold - I have to go to work. My employer does offer unlimited sick days but if I stay home too often, I will be required to back it up with something from my doctor saying I was unable to come into the office because of whatever disease I was battling. A cold would not cut it. If my son spreads his germs to other kids, I'm sorry about that, but that's life. I'm sure sooner or later they'll return the favor (and they have many times already). C'est La Vie.