Originally Posted by Heavenly
As my MIL always says, "Coughs and sneezes spread diseases." If he is coughing, he is contagious. Personally I would be giving you looks too if I saw you out with your child hacking up a storm. I think people need to have respect for other people who might not want a hacking cough, or who may live with someone who is immune-suppressed and doesn't want to bring that home to their loved one with potentially serious consequences.
My son has pretty significant asthma and allergies. He coughs and sneezes from August until December, and then starts up again in March and lasts until June. Yes, he takes large doses of medication every day. Yes, we structure our lives so he's inside a lot. It helps, but he still coughs and sneezes. He is not contagious.
Since the swine flu thing I can't tell you how many evil looks we've gotten. The worst are at the swimming pool, which is one of the few really allergen free environments for him. So we go a lot at times when he can't exercise outside. I'm a single parent so of course he also goes to the grocery store, and lots of other places.
Do you have a better suggestion?