So, a friend from my mommy group and I had planned a playdate at the library yesterday. But she texted me in the morning saying her son had been up since 2am projectile vomiting and crying. Poor kid. I suggested she call his pediatrician. She got back to me later saying her son has a viral cold and he must’ve picked it up from the baby that was visiting them on Wednesday, since *she knew the baby’s older brother had a cold*. And she hopes BG doesn’t get it but “oh well it’s good for their immune system”…because we just saw them the day before a shared toys so we were obviously exposed.
I call BULLSH*T
There is no advantage to an infant being exposed to a virus. With a stuffy nose/sore throat/swollen glands it’s hard to nurse. BG isn’t old enough to blow her nose and those snot-sucker-thingys are crap. And they are not old enough to take *real* cough medicine, only this homeopathic pseudo-remedy junk. So NO, it’s NOT a good idea to expose an infant to a cold or any other virus.
Furthermore, BOTH me and my husband have chronic illnesses. Mr. MLACS almost f*ing DIED last year when a flu virus catapulted his fragile heart into heart failure. My autoimmune diseases kick up every time I have to fight an illness.
So I don’t appreciate my mommy friend making the decision to keep a sick kid and then expose my family without warning, because *to her* a cold is “no big deal”.
I realize that someday I’ll have a kid in school (a veritable ocean of germs) and may unknowingly expose others to illness via my kid. But if *I know* my kid (or anyone in my family–including the pets) is sick, then I *QUARANTINE* them to the best of my ability. Because common courtesy and also *viruses can kill people/animals with compromised immune systems and/or chronic illnesses.
So please be considerate of others this flu season, because while it’s “just a cold” to you, it may be far more dangerous for someone else.