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lemoncordial Tue 21-Jul-15 08:04:59

DD is 10 months and yesterday had a vomiting bug (no diarrhea) . It lasted only a few hours and she is fine this morning. I have an outpatient hospital appointment today. She should have been at nursery today but I can't take her if she was vomiting yesterday.

I have a hospital appointment this afternoon. I feel bad about cancelling at the last minute as it is a waste of NHS resources. But I would also worry about taking a potentially infectious child to a hospital.

I have no one I can leave her with. DH is away.

AIBU to take her with me and keep her in the pushchair so she doesn't touch anything to reduce the risk of passing on her germs?

Mrsjayy Tue 21-Jul-15 08:09:03

Go to your appointment nursery have to follow the 42hour rule your baby hasnt been sick again its fine,

Mrsjayy Tue 21-Jul-15 08:11:52

Somebody could be at the same waiting room with a stinking cold or have been in contact with somebody with D & V bug hospitals are full of germs like everywhere else

StillStayingClassySanDiego Tue 21-Jul-15 08:13:15

I'd take her if she hasn't vomited since yesterday morning.

InexperiencedDisneyMum Tue 21-Jul-15 08:16:38

I wouldn't take her it's not fair on vulnerable patients.

grumpysaurus Tue 21-Jul-15 08:34:16

I'd phone the hospital and explain the situation - let them decide what they want you to do (e.g.if it's an urgent appointment then maybe they'll put you in a room to wait rather than the main waiting room).

TheAnswerIsYes Tue 21-Jul-15 09:33:25

I would take her. Hospitals are full of germs anyway.

crazykat Tue 21-Jul-15 09:38:12

I'd ring and ask their advice. Yes hospitals are full of germs anyway but they're also full of very ill people and a vomiting bug can close wards.

Kayden Tue 21-Jul-15 10:50:55

I'd probably take her but phone the hospital first and ask their advice. They might have a private room that you can sit in. Make sure you use the hand gel and don't let your little one play with the toys.

TheHormonalHooker Tue 21-Jul-15 10:56:16

I would take her. Hospitals are full of germs anyway.

They are, mainly because people don't observe the guidelines and stay at home when they are ill or take an ill baby or child with them to appointments.

I wouldn't take her. It's not fair on the rest of the people in the waiting room.

QueenCardigan Tue 21-Jul-15 11:08:38

Definitely do not take her. The hospital would normally have a 48h rule after any d&v. Better to cancel an appointment than spread d&v around.

Altinkum Tue 21-Jul-15 11:12:19

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Sirzy Tue 21-Jul-15 11:13:23

If she isn't well enough to take to nursery she isn't well enough to take to an outpatients appointment.

On a ward a patient admitted with d and v symptoms would be kept isolated for very good reason!

budgiegirl Tue 21-Jul-15 11:21:30

Please don't take her to the hospital! At least not without asking the hospital first.

Both our local GPs and our outpatients department ask you not to attend if you suspect you have d&v or flu. Both can be very dangerous for vulnerable people.

TheHormonalHooker - if everyone who is ill stays away from hospitals, where do you suggest that they get the treatment they need? confused

Howmanywotwots Tue 21-Jul-15 11:30:49

I wouldn't bother ringing the hospital they're bound to say no don't bring her in, just in case

If it was bad enough to keep her off nursery and to have to post on here then you probably already know the answer yourself!

Toffeelatteplease Tue 21-Jul-15 11:52:59

Has it been 48 hours since she vomited?

Then no. You are putting vulnerable patients at risk.

Hospitals are only full of bugs because people don't think the rules apply to them

TheHormonalHooker Tue 21-Jul-15 11:55:58

SDTG I meant that people visit or attend appointments when they are ill. There is absolutely no need to be facetious!hmm

So people who are ill, should not attend hospital appointments? confused

SoupDragon Tue 21-Jul-15 12:06:25

Not if the appointment isn't for them, no.

Hospitals are full of germs from the people who genuinely need to be there, and I honestly don't think it would make any significant difference if people missed appointments because they were a bit unwell. Obviously if they are too ill to get to the hospital, or are throwing up everywhere/having diarrhoea every 10 minutes, then that's different.

I was a nurse for 6 years, and we never worried about catching any illnesses from visitors or people coming for outpatient appointments - we worried about catching things from the inpatients. In fact, when we started our paediatric allocation on the children's ward, the senior sister told us we would all get a chest infection and diarrhoea and vomiting from the children, and could we please do it quickly and get it over and done with!

nemo81 Tue 21-Jul-15 12:14:21

I've had to cancel a hospital appointment on the day because one of my kids were sick. The receptionist was really grateful on the phone when i called as she said many people would have just gone along anyway. So no, cancel your appointment!

nemo81 Tue 21-Jul-15 12:16:53

Of course hospitals are full of ill people but theres no need to take an infectious sick kid to one if they haven't got to be there! Why put other people at risk needlessly? Its not like you are taking the child for medical attention because she is so poorly, she hasn't got to be there.

RafaIsTheKingOfClay Tue 21-Jul-15 12:17:11

I always wondered why the hospital needed quite so many huge signs telling people not to come in if they have had D&V.

Patients who have D&V who need to be admitted can't be avoided but can be managed. The world and his wife unnecessarily wandering through the hospital because they don't think the rules apply to them is completely different.

If the OP rings the hospital they might be able to sort something. If not she'll have a definitive answer.

SometimesItRains Tue 21-Jul-15 12:18:52

This is why d&v spreads so much - people think the 48 hour rule doesn't apply except for school. You should stay at home with a child until after 48 hours - not go to hospital or butlins (as a mum at our school did recently - child can't go into school so let's go to butlins, I'm sure anyone who caught d&v from her child would have been thrilled). Hospitals are full of germs from people who are there, but there is no need to take more in - wards can be closed by d&v outbreaks. Please have some sense.

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