Sick Day Guidelines for Parents!

Seeing as I am STILL getting over the cold I picked up in Houston, Declan is hacking every morning with allergies, and maybe the *air* feels Springy here in Denver – cold and flu season is still very much in play… so I thought today would be a good time to talk fevers and phlegm.

The National Association of School Nurses and Triaminic have joined forces to build a web site to help us parents (cause, um, Triaminic, it’s not just moms making these decisions) figure out if kids are OK to go to school, when they should stay home, or maybe even when to force your way into the doc’s office.

Basically, it’s a no-fly zone when your child:
– Has a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
– Has been vomiting
– Has symptoms that prevent him or her from participating in school, such as:
– Excessive tiredness or lack of appetite
– Productive coughing, sneezing
– Headache, body aches, earache
– Sore throat

There is lots more info at their site, including tips for fending off the flu and a general guide to allergies.

So check it out. Hope it helps in the homestretch to the end of flu season. And, oh yeah. I would like to add a little personal side note that when your child has problems at the *other* end of their plumbing, it’s time for them to stay put as well. MY tummy thanks you the next time I don’t pick up the stomach bug.

P.S. Just between us, I was not paid for this post nor did I receive anything in return for it. I just thought it was a good cause and I try to be upfront when I do get paid in some fashion. Mainly cause I am a really, really bad liar and can’t keep *anything* a secret.

Oh! But wait! Triaminic is happy to help you out with your cold-busting needs. Here’s a coupon from them to you. I am actually hoping you don’t need it, meaning you avoid this crud I have had for the past few weeks. Although the scratchy voice *IS* pretty awesomely sexy.

This article has 3 comments

  1. Megan

    omg, I hate it when parents send their kids to school sick. thanks for sharing.

  2. zipper

    I am getting SO SICK of the moms in campaign like dads aren’t even present, so THANK YOU for pointing that out. But also, thanks for the coupon, heh.

  3. Well Read Hostess

    Here’s the Well Read Hostess sick day guide for moms:

    1) Do you need a day off? If so, your kids goes to school unless he/she is bleeding from the eyes.

    2) Is your kid vomiting NOW? Because if not, he/she will probably be fine. Ask them to try not to barf at school.

    3) Are there visible lesions that would indicate infection? If so, are they on arms or legs and can they be reasonably covered up with sleeves and long pants?

    4) Can your husband/spouse/partner/parent stay home with the kid?

    I know. I’m AWFUL.

    Sorry Megan.

    For what it’s worth – I love Triaminic. My daughter won’t take medicine and I fold the bubblegum flavored thin strips up in that heinous bubbletape gum and she doesn’t even know she’s taken in.

    I know.

    I’m AWFUL.

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