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To take my dc out 24 after they vomited, or should we wait 48 hours?

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Stripylikeatiger Fri 12-Dec-14 08:38:15

My 2 year old was sick at about 8am yesterday, he was also sick twice in the night between Wednesday and Thursday. We stayed at home yesterday and ds was fine, no more vomiting, running around like usual.

Wibu to take him out somewhere today or should we keep him quarantined?

Haushinka Fri 12-Dec-14 08:41:37

I'm in the same situation today. I think we will stay in but possibly walk to the shops, although DD was only sick Wednesday evening.

QueenofKelsingra Fri 12-Dec-14 08:43:33

providing I wasn't visiting a newborn or someone I knew to be immune compromised I'd go out after 24 hours when it was only vomiting assuming he is back to his normal self now.

I'd probably go 48 if it had been a full on d&v noro type bug though.

TheFairyCaravan Fri 12-Dec-14 08:44:06

You should stay in. The advice is 48 hours because they will be still contagious. No-one wants a sick but just before Christmas. Another 24 hours at home won't hurt you.

CheeseandGherkins Fri 12-Dec-14 08:44:48

Agree with TheFairy, completely.

Bunbaker Fri 12-Dec-14 08:46:47

"Another 24 hours at home won't hurt you"

I'm afraid I agree. Lots of people I know aren't very well at the moment and getting a sick bug on top of that isn't a great idea. Cabin fever is boring, but having spent the first year of DD's life virtually housebound because of her medical issues I admit to losing patience with people who can't bear to be housebound for 48 hours.

Stripylikeatiger Fri 12-Dec-14 09:05:42

I have heard different rules which is why I asked, even some childcare providers and schools have a 24 hour rule. I wonder what the different logic is for the 2 different rules, our possible plan was to go for a walk somewhere quite deserted, so the risk of him contaminating others would be low I'd imagine but it looks like we should stay in.

Bunbaker Fri 12-Dec-14 09:08:04

I think a bit of fresh air away from people is a good idea. I thought you wanted to go shopping or somewhere where there would be other people about.

bedraggledmumoftwo Fri 12-Dec-14 09:11:20

Stay in, or go for a walk or something where they wont pass it on. Otherwise you could ruin someone's Christmas!

Spellcheck Fri 12-Dec-14 09:13:52

As someone who is currently lying in bed in between bouts of painful vomiting and diarrhoea, picked up, I reckon, at soft play yesterday, can I urge you to keep away from the public! I feel absolutely awful, and so worried my kids will get it too. Agree that fresh air an excellent idea though.

Birgitz Fri 12-Dec-14 09:13:59

Our school has a 24 hour rule.....

LuckyCharms Fri 12-Dec-14 09:16:52

Our school has 24 hour rule too.

ToomanyChristmasPresents Fri 12-Dec-14 09:18:21

A school governor told me just this week that it is 24 hours from the last incident of vomitting or diarrhea at our school. I was surprised. I thought it was 48. I wonder if the pressure to keep attendance statistics up has coloured their judgement!

happyhats Fri 12-Dec-14 09:18:46

Fresh air in a non crowded place sounds like a reasonable idea! Think if you were taking him to kids soft play or similar that would be a no no but a leg stretch sounds sensible and will probably do you all good.

however Fri 12-Dec-14 09:20:15

Depends on where you're planning on going.

mummybare Fri 12-Dec-14 09:21:23

DD's nursery is 24 hours too. I wouldn't have thought going for a walk in the countryside would do much harm.

CheeseandGherkins Fri 12-Dec-14 09:21:30

Even NHS direct say 48 hours, doctors say the same too. Any school saying 48 hours is wrong and will be causing bugs to spread for longer. Of course they can have their own rules but that doesn't make it medically correct.

ContentedSidewinder Fri 12-Dec-14 09:23:23

I am on day 4 of flu, only ever had it once before in my lifetime which was 20 years ago. I have no idea where I got it from but it has totally messed up my week. I was meant to be doing stuff, important stuff. Now I am lay in bed and it feels like a prison sad

In turn this has totally cocked up Dh's week. I miss hugging my children.

So please keep your child indoors unless you are going somewhere where you will not be around other people. You have no idea about people's immune systems etc

Our primary school is 48 hours, secondary is when they feel better.

CocktailQueen Fri 12-Dec-14 09:24:16

I think a bit of fresh air far away from other people might be a good thing, but as others have said, don't take him anywhere where there will be others. There are loads of sore throats and coughs going round here, as well as D&V, so people's immune systems are working overtime as it is. Could he play in your garden today?

MoonAndBackAgain Fri 12-Dec-14 09:28:37

I agree that staying in for another 24 hours won't hurt you, my DC and me are really suffering with a bug at the minute and the thought that I could pass this onto someone just before Christmas because I didn't want to stay in for 24 hours it would be a no brainer for me.

I also don't understand why people feel the need to go out, especially at baby group. 'My little darling was up all night coughing until she was sick and is full of cold but we couldn't stay in it's not fair on her' while passing musical instruments that her little darling has sneezed and coughed all over round. Just stay at home.

Stripylikeatiger Fri 12-Dec-14 11:07:54

The problem is our garden is a shared garden, lots of other local children come and play there so there is often lots of kids there many of them are his little friends so he holds their hands and kisses licks them so more chance of germ sharing.

We have set up an obstacle course in the living room which Has helped him burn off enough energy to have a nap, our flat is tiny so we really rely on getting out but another day won't hurt your right.

I'd better start bleaching the floors whist ds sleeps!

Mrscog Fri 12-Dec-14 11:25:00

For me it would depend on where you wanted to go. So around other children - no, probably best to stay away.

Assuming he's been washed well, wearing new clothes etc. I'd happily take mine to run around a quiet park or something. The germs are mainly spread through fecal-oral transmission, so if he's been bathed, and you're happy you've been very sanitary at home, it's unlikely he'd be spreading pooey germs around everyone.

This 48 hour rule wasn't a 'thing' in the 80's/90's and there doesn't really seem to be fewer stomach bugs around now....not that I'm saying it should be ignored - you should stay away from people and close contact, but it wouldn't cause me to be a hermit.

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