Reasons to please keep your poorly child at home….
Many schools have a 48 hour restriction set for children returning to school after sickness and diarrhoea, which I see so many parents on social media complaining about as it affects their work and their child was only sick a bit once. I also read of people who ignore the 48 hours, and of schools who no longer have the restriction.
Firstly I have to say that I can understand the temptation to send them back early when you are getting grief from your work for being at home with them, or you simply can’t afford to have the days off unpaid. I’m not an unreasonable person, I can understand why so many do it, but I want you to understand why other parents become so angry over the issue.
I’ll use one of my sons as an example, he has Type 1 Diabetes – easy right just a few injections a day and restrict his diet? Firstly he eats normal food and for other truths check out a post I did a while ago on Type 1 Diabetes Truths and secondly oh how I wish it was just injections and that simple and easy.
It really isn’t, Type 1 takes a lot of management means a lot of sleepless nights with dodgy blood glucose levels and countless other things that I won’t bore you with, because luckily unless your child or family member has Type 1 Diabetes, then you may never have to worry about such things.
What I DO want you to know though, is that when someone with Type 1 Diabetes has a sickness or diarrhoea type bug it can actually be life threatening. It can cause their blood glucose levels to become out of control, they dehydrate quickly, develop a thing called ketones in their blood which can be toxic in high levels…. and yes they can even die if it’s a serious bug or not managed correctly, which believe me is not easy.
Over the years my son has had sickness bugs that have had me sat next to his bed all night testing his blood hourly, that have had him completely wiped out to the point where he can not stand, that have been so serious he has had ambulance trips to hospital to be put on a drip to try to stabilise his blood levels and re-hydrate him.
He has been Type 1 for almost 7 years now from the age of 5 and in that time he has caught all sorts of bugs…. he seems to be more prone to them as a lot of Type 1 parents report their children are. He has had friends who have been off sick for just two days with a tummy bug, most likely the same bug that led to a three-day hospital stay for him.
When my son is ill he is scarily ill, a sickness bug where his brother threw up once hit him like a tonne of bricks this year. Illness in our house can be a really stressful thing.
You may be thinking there is no child in my child’s school with Type 1 Diabetes, but you probably wouldn’t know as it’s an invisible disease – people with Type 1 look no different to people without it. You also might not know that a child at your school has any number of diseases/illnesses/chronic conditions that mean that a sickness bug can be much more dangerous to them.
There may be children who have relatives at home with these conditions, including family members who are fighting cancer. It is impossible for people to 100 % avoid germs and bugs unless they are in isolation, but by sending your child back to school too early after they have been sick or had a tummy bug, you are risking other people’s health.
There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t see desperate posts from Type 1 parents in a Facebook group I am in, asking for advice as they are battling a sickness bug and are scared. I see children admitted to hospital like my own son has been in the past, and then I read a post on Facebook with someone moaning about the 48 hour rule or blatantly saying they are going to flout it.
Please please please think of others and keep your child at home at least for the 48 hours.
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