Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Parenting Through Cold and Flu Season

 Cold and flu season are upon us.  And as a parent this becomes blatantly obvious.  It is a simple fact, that from time to time children get sick and being sick disrupts your plans and everyday life--or at least it should.  Don't be one of those parents, who drag their kid out when they are sick and should be at home rather than infecting their class or cousins at grandma's house.

When should you keep your child home?

1.  If they have vomited in the past 24 hours.  Even if they perk up and act perfectly normal, no one wants to hear from them that they threw up that morning but felt fine enough to come to school!

2.  If their nose is running thick and green.

3.  If they have a coughing fits that make it difficult for them to speak, keep down food or control in any way.

4.  If they have a fever or had an active fever in the last 24 hours.

Keeping a child home creates a hassle for parents.  But it is part of the responsibility that goes along with the job. So allow your child to convalesce at home and allow yourself to extend some tender loving care to your most precious gift, your child.

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