Reasons to Keep Your Poorly Child at Home!

Reasons to please keep your poorly child at home….


Reasons to Keep your Children 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.


Stevie x

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  1. 16 May 2016 / 11:56 pm

    J has had the day off today as I suspected he may have tonsilitis. As it turns out following a doctors appointment he has something viral. He seems ok now after a days rest (was much needed) and I think it’s important to keep kids off if they arent well!

  2. 17 May 2016 / 8:47 pm

    I totally agree. I know people that say oh it’s nearly been 48 hours, well it is or it isn’t and it’s 48 hours for a reason and not to just been a pain to you!! It can affect family life so much, when my girls get sick they can’t be around my dad for about 3/4 days after they are better, due to his illness. There have been times Alice has got sick because someone at her preschool hasn’t followed this rule and it’s just selfish X

    • 17 May 2016 / 10:21 pm

      Thanks lovely, I think people just don’t think. They get caught up in their own little bubble and forget the bigger picture.

      Stevie x

  3. 18 May 2016 / 1:03 am

    Great post Stevie, it has really made me think. I’ve always been one of those people who can’t cope with taking time off work, I’ve always struggled in if I can rather than going off sick. I would think twice about doing it now if I worked in an office and I’ll definitely make sure I keep my girls off school for 48 hours if they’re poorly.

  4. 20 May 2016 / 8:11 am

    I agree 100% Stevie. It is so selfish putting others at risk. I am a teacher and have seen it happen so many times that a child comes back too quick and the Half the class including me are infected! I also have a relative battling blood cancer and we keep ourselves and the kids away when they have the smallest sniffle as we know too well that any extra illness can quickly escalate. We nearly lost him to a cold that turned to pneumonia the other year so you are spot on with your comments here.

  5. 20 May 2016 / 9:35 am

    I have no experience with Type 1 thankfully so this was something I wasn’t aware of, sorry to hear about all the worries you have with your son. I agree with the 48hr thing but I’m also aware how much pressure is on working parents, it’s a really tricky one. #picknmix

  6. 20 May 2016 / 10:26 am

    I do see why parents are tempted, but agree that the 48 hour rule is there for a good reason. Since Taylor started nursery we’ve caught all sorts of bugs and she even had measles last week which was a bit scary. I have no experience with diabetes but can’t imagine how much more difficult it must be to deal with illnesses from school that may not seem like a big deal to others xx #picknmix

  7. 20 May 2016 / 11:43 am

    i have to start the school phase. but i honestly thought common sense would prevail with keeping aa sick child at home till they are clear. xx

  8. 20 May 2016 / 1:03 pm

    What happened to the ‘sick room’ and the ‘school nurse’ too?

  9. 20 May 2016 / 1:20 pm

    wow I didn’t realise it was that bad, I feel so silly not to know but now I do. thanks for sharing and raising awareness, keep going and I’m sorry that you’ve had to go through such horrible scary times. #PicknMix

  10. 20 May 2016 / 2:44 pm

    I couldn’t agree more lovely. I do think that some people can be a little inconsiderate in that respect. It’s 48 hours for a reason. #PicknMix

  11. 20 May 2016 / 2:47 pm

    That’s so helpful to know. Hopefully parents will think twice now given the risks even if their work is inflexible.

  12. 20 May 2016 / 2:50 pm

    sounds awful for your son Stevie. and I completely agree with you re keeping them off. #picknmix xx

  13. 20 May 2016 / 3:57 pm

    This is so so frightening to read – your poor son and you too – such a worry and such an unnecessary worry if he contracts a bug from school from acts of selfishness from others – I don’t know how you stay so calm. We have too had a recent sickness bug tear through the school with over 100 pupils absence one day as parents too did not obey the 48 hour rule – makes me so sad – my son too has an autoimmune problem and when he is ill he is scary ill and takes him so much longer to recover than other children. The school was forced to shut for a day eventually to deep clean through – all because some parents refused to obey the 498 hour rule – oh I could go on and on – can you tell? Sorry but it’s so frustrating when you have children that can’t get sick for genuine reasons. Well done for writing this post #Picknmix

  14. Lucy
    21 May 2016 / 1:25 am

    Well said! I worked in school prior to having my little boy and it’s hard enough to contain bugs without parents not keeping kids at home for the 2 days x #PickNMix

  15. 21 May 2016 / 2:34 pm

    Great post. There have been times when mine has a cough and after some debate have sent her. Fever and diarrhea are a totally different story. I understand it can be a hassle, but I wouldn’t want her catching that stuff from somebody else. #picnmix

  16. 21 May 2016 / 8:08 pm

    Completely agree with this, I think not only for others but for out children. If they have been poorly with sickness then they need looking after and we shouldn’t send them back so quickly. #picknmix xx

  17. 21 May 2016 / 8:33 pm

    Really well said Stevie, I completely agree with this. Although we are a couple of week’s away from nursery, I will be abiding by the principle that if my child is sick, she will be kept at home. I find it unfair that other parents don’t stick to this rule, and their child ends up taking a whole class down with it. It must be so much harder and scarier for you, and can totally understand why you are angry with them. Thanks for hosting a fab Linky. Claire x #PickNMix

  18. 23 May 2016 / 5:51 pm

    I completely agree and although Mia is not of school age yet, when I was pregnant with her (I was a teaching assistant) and I had to spend a week off as someone sent their child in with slapped cheek, knowing they had it but couldn’t take time off. I understand that some people aren’t able to take time off as easily as others. My mum didn’t get paid for sick days when we were little and that impacted her massively if we were ill however I also see that for families like yours, an ‘everyday illness’ can cause a huge amount of anxiety and stress when it needn’t do.
    An important post :)


  19. 25 May 2016 / 10:05 am

    Here here! As you know we have Type 1 diabetes at home so I agree with everything you say #picknmix

  20. 26 May 2016 / 10:21 pm

    Well said. People forget to think that these things don’t only affect them, and that the reasons for the rules are usually not about them. #picknmix

  21. 2 June 2016 / 11:04 am

    Well said! As a teacher I get really annoyed when parents bring their kids back to School and then the kids say they were sick in the night, we then send them back home. I get it though as I am only allowed 1 day off all year if my kids are sick (disgusting new policy). But I would never send mine in when they were ill. Sickness bugs spread so quickly too and I hate being sick. We also have a little girl in our class with type 1. xx

  22. AJ Paradis
    14 June 2016 / 1:19 pm

    I live in Spain and, unfortunately, they do not have this rule. D is not yet in school, but all the children I know who are, seem to be constantly unwell. We went to a kid’s birthday party where a parent brought their visibly coughing, sick, miserable child … I do not understand this. Of course, we left and within a day, we were dealing with an upper-respiratory things in our household (my husband had not gone to the party because he had been with the stomach bug for a few days and it’s a clear rule in my book.) Plenty of other people at the party also came down with it, and acted as if they didn’t understand the source. I don’t know if this is cultural, but illness derails my family for days, and I assume it does so for other families. When we are sick, we’re keeping it to ourselves, and I definitely wish others would feel the same way!! Great post.

    • 14 June 2016 / 1:33 pm

      Thank you and I hate that, I understand people worry about their child being upset when they can’t go to a party, but if you’re ill it is so selfish to go somewhere with lots of people, let alone lots of children.