Do you let your kids around other kids when they have colds?

My son is in preschool and all the little hands= all the germs and even though he washes his hands before and after school, my daughters still get colds from it. when your kids have colds, no fevers, do you take them around other people, or keep them secluded till it passes, even if its a week at a time?
Just asking for your opinions thanks! if any of my kids have fever, they dont go around others.

Best Answer: Its just a cold, the world doesnt stop for a cold. I dont mind my kids being around kids that have colds, I just tell them to be careful about sharing snacks and drinks and washing their hands, and I allow my children to be out and about when they have colds, unless that other person has a lowered immune system, like an infant or elderly person or someone with an autoimmune disorder. I simply teach them cold etiquette, like cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands often, dont share snacks and drinks, dont touch others toys or faces, etc. Colds usually last weeks and Im not going to keep my kids locked up and secluded for weeks over the sniffles and I wouldnt expect anyone else to. Do you not go to work or out grocery shopping or with friends when you have a cold? So why expect the same of a child. Its good for kids immune systems to be exposed to small viruses like colds. If they are actually sick, like with a fever, then they stay home.

6 Comments

  • MommyLife
    November 4, 2011 | Permalink |

    You can’t keep your kids in a bubble due to the sniffles. Especially not when they get to school age. Unless they are hacking up a lung, or are draining fluids from the eyes, ears, or nose – then they are entitled to live normal lives. Getting sick builds up the immune system anyways.
    Most illness is actually transmittable Before you have symptoms.
    And I would say 6-12 year olds are the worst for washing those hands. Your preschoolers have a teacher with them to remind them. The older kids do not care, I can’t count how many times I had to remind an older student to wash those hands.

  • TJS
    November 4, 2011 | Permalink |

    It depends. If I know he got it from the kids at preschool and he is well enough to go – - he goes. If he got it from someone else or is pretty sick – - he stays home. I don’t intentionally get others sick.

    Our preschool policy is if it is just the sniffles then send then to school.

  • Gabby
    November 4, 2011 | Permalink |

    Hmmm well if there’s no fever your they should be okay. If they get a fever they can’t be around people that means they have an infection somewhere in the body, they have to stay home I think 24 hours. I hope this helps!! You could always Google this up and it will help you too. :)

  • Biker Chick
    November 4, 2011 | Permalink |

    Well both of mine are little so no we do not bring them around other kids cuz it sure does tick me off when someone brings a sick kid around my babies like for a play date or something. but your child is in school and that is different. As long as he doesnt have a fever and he can function send him to school.

  • Cheese
    November 4, 2011 | Permalink |

    When my daughter is sick I try my best to keep her away from other kids. But it seems that alot of parents don’t do the same thing. My daughter got very sick and had to be put in the hospital for 4 days when she was sick because my sister and her friend came over with her friends son who had 104 fever and didn’t even tell me he was sick until they were here. If a child has a fever I think parents should do there best to keep them away from other kids. My daughter has a blood disorder and her immune system is very low and everytime she gets sick its very bad!

  • Lena Dawson- Baby Adrian is here!
    November 4, 2011 | Permalink |

    Its just a cold, the world doesnt stop for a cold. I dont mind my kids being around kids that have colds, I just tell them to be careful about sharing snacks and drinks and washing their hands, and I allow my children to be out and about when they have colds, unless that other person has a lowered immune system, like an infant or elderly person or someone with an autoimmune disorder. I simply teach them cold etiquette, like cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands often, dont share snacks and drinks, dont touch others toys or faces, etc. Colds usually last weeks and Im not going to keep my kids locked up and secluded for weeks over the sniffles and I wouldnt expect anyone else to. Do you not go to work or out grocery shopping or with friends when you have a cold? So why expect the same of a child. Its good for kids immune systems to be exposed to small viruses like colds. If they are actually sick, like with a fever, then they stay home.

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