Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Keep Your Sick Kids At Home!

I vaccinate Bug on a delayed schedule.  He's had a few minor reactions to shots (low fever, irritability, swollen legs) and so I never let him get more than one or two shots at a time.  So even though he is slightly behind other kids in terms of immunizations, he is fully vaccinated (although there are some shots, like the flu shot, I have chosen to opt out of). But that's not really what this post is about.

This post is about the fact that if your child is sick, keep him (or her!) at HOME!

You see, friends, I am fairly fanatical about Bug's health and if he has so much as a bad runny nose, we don't go ANYWHERE.  Sometimes it sucks, but the fact of the matter is, my baby comes first.  If he's sick, we stay home and cuddle and read stories.  That doesn't mean, however, that I don't understand that it sucks to be home with your kid and not be able to go anywhere.

But really, what the HECK are you thinking when you drag your sick kids out and about?

I say this because Bug and I attended a birthday party a few weeks ago for one of the little boys in our Mommy group.  One of the other moms apparently brought her child there with the Rotavirus.
THE ROTAVIRUS.

Not only was this mother aware of the fact that her  kid had the Rotavirus (it's not hard to figure out--lots of diarrhea, dehydration, lack of desire to eat or drink), but she exposed all of the other kids at that party to it.  And some of them weren't vaccinated against it, and two children even wound up in the ER.
The lack of responsibility here floors me.  Like I said, it sucks when your kid is sick and you can't go anywhere.  I've had to pass on activities I've really wanted to do because Bug's had a cold or whatever.  And I know that some illness-spreading is inevitable, as a kid might have a slightly runny nose which turns into the Niagra Falls of runny noses later, but that's not a serious illness, people.

So anyway, please, if your child is sick, keep them home!  Go out when he or she is feeling better, you'll have a much better time that way anyway!


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