Preschool Illness – I’m So Over This

Norton has been in preschool for nearly a month now.  Or, more to the point, he’s been enrolled in preschool for nearly a month now.  Unfortunately, he’s only gotten to go about a half a dozen times.  Preschool illness is keeping us down.

Preschool Illness - I'm So Over This (Motherhood Looms)

Admire the runny nose from the latest round of preschool illness to hit our home.

I know that preschool illness is to be expected.  He’s never been exposed to the majority of grossness out there, so he’s had no opportunity to actually develop an immunity to the bugs that are floating around.  That the bugs this year seem to be of the really bad, nasty hang around forever types certainly doesn’t help.

Since I’m a responsible parent, I don’t send my child off with a preschool illness to spread around the class.  This is a true preschool where the children attend for two mornings a week for less than three hours, so it’s not really a “parents have no choice when they have to work” sort of situation.  With that in mind, I don’t understand why anyone else would send their kid carrying whatever plague off to school.  Or even if they are actually sending plague ridden children.

It’s pretty much the only explanation I have, anyway.

In the meantime, I’m coping as best as I can.  Part of that, of course, means helping Norton cope as best as he can.  That means lots of Sesame Street, lots of cuddles, reading stories whenever he wants, and giving him copious amounts of chicken noodle soup for lunch.  He gets dosed with Children’s Tylenol whenever he seems to just plain ache.  We’re attempting to keep the plague contained and treated as much as possible.

It sucks that we can’t send him off to school this morning.  He’s got a ton of energy and was really excited to go to school when he got out of bed this morning.  As soon as I said the word “school,” his eyes lit right up and he was ready to go.  But when he started coughing and his nose started running, I knew that I could not send him.

Have you ever experienced the overabundance of preschool illness?  How did you finally get your child healthy?  (I’m sincerely hoping that there’s something else out there for him… other than time.)

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.

Comments

  1. I so feel your pain. Its awwwwful. My kids not even in school yet and then gym day care is going to be the death of us all. Hang in!

  2. I so feel your pain. Its awwwwful. My kids not even in school yet and then gym day care is going to be the death of us all. Hang in!

  3. I truly think that the extreme dry weather we are having nationwide is making the illnesses worse this year….and causing them to drag on for longer. I heard on the news the other day that during times of dryness/drought, respiratory complaints nearly double! So don’t get too discouraged; just time and patience and treating the symptoms are all that is needed. You are doing everything right!

  4. I truly think that the extreme dry weather we are having nationwide is making the illnesses worse this year….and causing them to drag on for longer. I heard on the news the other day that during times of dryness/drought, respiratory complaints nearly double! So don’t get too discouraged; just time and patience and treating the symptoms are all that is needed. You are doing everything right!

  5. My kids used to be in full time daycare (until November 2012). Since they’ve been out of daycare and home with me, I swear they’ve gotten even more sick! Hope he gets better soon!

  6. My kids used to be in full time daycare (until November 2012). Since they’ve been out of daycare and home with me, I swear they’ve gotten even more sick! Hope he gets better soon!

  7. my kids don’t go to school,but we have basically been picking up a little bug every time we visit someone’s home. I honestly think the only reason they have not gotten more sick is because they are always licking the floor and my shoes! It is so gross, but I swear their immune systems are good because of it.

  8. my kids don’t go to school,but we have basically been picking up a little bug every time we visit someone’s home. I honestly think the only reason they have not gotten more sick is because they are always licking the floor and my shoes! It is so gross, but I swear their immune systems are good because of it.

  9. It IS a bad year for sickness, both upper respiratory and intestinal viruses. My preschooler and infant have both been hit with it. It’s so hard to know when to keep my son home and when to send him. If I kept him home for every sniffle or cough he would never go to school (he goes three full days a week).

    Everytime I go to fetch him there is some kid with a runny nose or a cough. Had you asked me last year, I would have kept him home until his nose had dried up and there wasn’t a trace of a cough (which can take several weeks for us as my son has asthma). This is what we did when it came to play groups etc, before school. But this year I came to a different realization: we can’t avoid the school cess-pool: those kids are going to infect him and he will also infect other kids. It’s inevitable.

    He picks up these viruses at school, so they are already in that environment. If he wakes up with a runny nose, he’s not more contagious than he was the day before when he had just a tiny little cough that developed at school. So if he has no fever, he feels well, appears to have a mild cold, I send him. Just like all the other parents do.

    If he has a fever, bad cough, feels unwell/fatigued or appears to have something other than a mild cold, I keep him home. At first I felt bad, but then I realized, he has another 14 years of public education ahead of him. He can’t spend a large portion of that surfing our sofa watching TV with me telling him to sit down and be still because he’s sick when he feels perfectly fine.

    I will also say I’m a big germaphobe and I get a sinking feeling with every sneeze, cough, or sniffle. And I’m not thrilled that he is bringing all these bugs home to share with his baby sister (who is only 6 months old). But it’s our new reality. We can’t let life pass us by because we are afraid of getting a cold. So for me it was: deal with it or homeschool.

    And I am STILL considering homeschool, but until then, we just roll with it.

  10. It IS a bad year for sickness, both upper respiratory and intestinal viruses. My preschooler and infant have both been hit with it. It’s so hard to know when to keep my son home and when to send him. If I kept him home for every sniffle or cough he would never go to school (he goes three full days a week).

    Everytime I go to fetch him there is some kid with a runny nose or a cough. Had you asked me last year, I would have kept him home until his nose had dried up and there wasn’t a trace of a cough (which can take several weeks for us as my son has asthma). This is what we did when it came to play groups etc, before school. But this year I came to a different realization: we can’t avoid the school cess-pool: those kids are going to infect him and he will also infect other kids. It’s inevitable.

    He picks up these viruses at school, so they are already in that environment. If he wakes up with a runny nose, he’s not more contagious than he was the day before when he had just a tiny little cough that developed at school. So if he has no fever, he feels well, appears to have a mild cold, I send him. Just like all the other parents do.

    If he has a fever, bad cough, feels unwell/fatigued or appears to have something other than a mild cold, I keep him home. At first I felt bad, but then I realized, he has another 14 years of public education ahead of him. He can’t spend a large portion of that surfing our sofa watching TV with me telling him to sit down and be still because he’s sick when he feels perfectly fine.

    I will also say I’m a big germaphobe and I get a sinking feeling with every sneeze, cough, or sniffle. And I’m not thrilled that he is bringing all these bugs home to share with his baby sister (who is only 6 months old). But it’s our new reality. We can’t let life pass us by because we are afraid of getting a cold. So for me it was: deal with it or homeschool.

    And I am STILL considering homeschool, but until then, we just roll with it.

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