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dd is in 1/2day K so I have a hour to decide if she's ready to be back. Help!<br>
She had the croup cough since Sat night. She didn't move from the sofa all Mon and Tues and wasn't eating much (she's normally very active and normal eater). Wed she was coughing in the am but was active. At the time I thought she could have been in school and we did attend our weekly hour long program that evening. She coughed a lot (loud deep chest cough that had the other parents whispering). She's been fever free since Tues.<br>
Should she attend school today with a deep chest cough?
 

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I'd give her one more day, honestly. You don't want to send her back too soon and risk her getting sick again. I don't know if she's contagious anymore but just for her own health I'd hold out one more day.
 

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I kept dd home. The cough is just so deep. She was sick with the same thing just 2 weeks ago. It wasn't nearly as severe and I sent her to school through it. I think dd catching it again was partly due to her weakened state.
 

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It's hard when they are sick and starting to feel better. They want to go to school but it may put them back on the couch. I hope she is better completely soon! Give her some Vit C to help build up her immune defenses.
 

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thanks guys.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br>
She was asking for pancakes for lunch and asked if I could hurry as she was feeling very tired<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
So I do feel validated in keeping her home.<br>
Growing up we went to school unless we were on death's doorstep<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I honestly can't think of a time I stayed home besides the one day I was SENT home due to pinkeye. So I feel guilty about keeping her home and just don't have a built in sense of when to stay home.
 

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It's hard to overcome that attendance mentality. The two times I've kept ds home this have been when I felt he was coming down with something but not actually really sick yet. I worried that if I sent him he would definitely get sick. Dh thought that was odd and that I should've sent him. The way I see it is I'd rather ds missed a day when he was "iffy" than several days or more when he was without a doubt sick. I really disagree with sending your child to school or yourself to work when your just short of being on death's doorstep but that seems to be the idea shoved at us.<br><br>
His health (and ultimately the health of our family since I'm convinced that most of our major illness bouts originated at his school) has to come first. Both of those days I kept him out he was well enough to go to school the following day and did not get full-blown sick either time.<br><br>
Just listen to that mama instinct and you should be fine. If you're not sure, keep them home. Believe me, when you are saying to yourself "You are *definitely* going to school tomorrow" you will have no doubt that it's time. Otherwise, one more day will not hurt and may in fact help the healing process.
 
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