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Originally Posted by dharmamama
Does it matter whether the issue is major (such as Hepatitis) or minor (such as a cold)? Does it matter whether there is an large risk of transmission (such as pink eye) or a small risk (such as HIV)? Does it matter whether it's a stigmatized illness or a non-stigmatized one?
Mama to DS (8) and DD (7) Aristotle was not Belgian. The central message of Buddhism is not "Every man for himself." And the London Underground is not a political movement.
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Originally Posted by monkaha
No. Absolutely not. They do not HAVE to tell anyone anything about their kid's health. There are laws protecting the privacy of health stuff. You've all (I'm sure) signed HIPPA forms at the dr's office.
It is nice to let someone know that your kid is sick if you are going to be in contact with them. When we're sick, I send out an email to the other moms in our playgroup telling what's going on and whether we plan to be there. That way they can choose to come or not based on their kids' health. I hope they would do the same. But I would understand someone not telling me if, for example, their kid had hep b or HIV, two stigmatized diseases. And that's ok with me. I wouldn't be ok with my kids playing with the bodily fluids of anyone, known infected/contagious or not. Universal precautions, as was stated on the other thread, are used UNIVERSALLY. The idea is to assume everyone has a bloodborne, contagious, illness, and protect accordingly. My kids have played with sick kids and no doubt will do so again. Part of life. I refuse to do a health screen on everyone my family comes in contact with.
Dharmama, I'm so sorry you're having these probs with your playgroup. But it sure has spurred some good discussions here!
Originally Posted by fiddledebi
I think that giving people all the information they need to make their own decisions, even if they aren't the decisions I would make, is only fair.
single mama to 5 (12.5, 11, 10, and 8 year old twins)
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