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To wish people would consider the 48 hour exclusion rule!

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Namechanger520 Sat 21-Jan-17 19:12:21

I have namechanged for this thread.
I work as a nanny and don't want to risk outing myself!
Yesterday I had a phone call to say one of my charges had been sick in the night and just to prewarn me before I arrived, and double check if he should go to preschool!!
The child spent the whole day tired, laying around, had a temperature and no appetite and no inclination to want to do anything, however there was no more sickness just a constant streaming runny nose.
I text today to see how he is (as I was sick in the night last night and was worried his sibling might have been).
I received a reply to say he seems fine, enjoyed his swimming lesson and the birthday party he went to.
Aibu to think he shouldn't have gone swimming or soft play today?? I have worked in various forms of education and childcare over the years and I am getting fed up of parents who seem to think that the 48 hour exclusion rule is there for their inconvenience.
Maybe I am feeling bitter as I have spent the day feeling ill, so mumsnet aibu???

Toohotforme Sat 21-Jan-17 19:15:46

No you're not! YANBU!

WatchingFromTheWings Sat 21-Jan-17 19:15:55

YANBU. Sickness and/or diarrhoea requires 48 hours at home for a reason. Very selfish of them to send the poor kid swimming and to a party the next day.

beargrass Sat 21-Jan-17 19:17:33

YANBU. In the same bracket as when people come into the office being a hero and spread their illnesses around!

SquedgieBeckenheim Sat 21-Jan-17 19:20:35

YANBU! These winter vomiting bugs would be much less widespread if people would only stay home for 48 hours.

Namechanger520 Sat 21-Jan-17 19:22:03

Thank you I wondered if I was being over-sensitive! The child is only preschool age so wouldn't have even realised he was missing a party or swimming lesson!!

Kennington Sat 21-Jan-17 19:22:20

I don't know is it evidence based or nonsense? 48 hours seems log and I respect it but my kid is better long before the 48 hours are up.

dailymaillazyjournos Sat 21-Jan-17 19:23:12

YANBU. That's just so flipping anti-social. My kids are better, so back we go to all our fun activities and bugger everyone else,.

Slightlyperturbedowlagain Sat 21-Jan-17 19:24:51

It is very important to follow the 48hr rule, but actually a lot of people carry on shedding the virus for 5-10 days after, so it's not foolproof. 48hrs will be long enough for most people to stop shedding though (and for swimming it is totally out of order to not observe it IMO)

Ankleswingers Sat 21-Jan-17 19:25:11

That's just fucking selfish and downright inconsiderate parenting. Makes my blood boil that people do this. angryangryangry

What utter twats you work for op.

Utter fucking selfish twats.


Slightlyperturbedowlagain Sat 21-Jan-17 19:27:12

kennington it's not about being 'better' it's to cut the risk of transmission to others. It may seem like a long time but it's based on evidence about how long people continue to shed the virus after recovering.

MrsTerryPratchett Sat 21-Jan-17 19:28:16

The 48 hour rule seems very arbitrary to me. Is there any actual proof of that being a scientifically verifiable way to stop infection?

Also, children vomit for a variety of reasons. Once in the night could be coughing or it could be a bug. Very different reasons. My niece was a terrible vomiter. She just had a delicate stomach and it wasn't something she would pass on.

Rachie1986 Sat 21-Jan-17 19:28:25

slightly what do you mean by shredding?

Rachie1986 Sat 21-Jan-17 19:29:07

I mead shed. Sorry.

Namechanger520 Sat 21-Jan-17 19:31:49

It wasn't once in the night it was a few times and it was proper sick he gave me graphic details!
Apparently he is quite tired and a little bit pale today so he might not go to preschool on Monday afternoon as he has another party tomorrow!

Palegreenstars Sat 21-Jan-17 19:32:49

I'm a new parent (well I have an 8 month old) and embarrassed to confess I didn't know this rule.

Rachie1986 Sat 21-Jan-17 19:37:21

I have a question.

I thought you could only catch a bug from the particles (of vomit etc).. so if a child has stopped being sick how would you still get it?

I know the rule and keep to it. Am just interested as to why (and am emetophobe and scared of catching bugs...)

AirandMungBeans Sat 21-Jan-17 19:41:49

Uanbu! DS has a child going through cancer treatment in his nursery and a parent sent a child in after being sick in the night (nursery didn't know that at the time), it nearly killed him. Extremely irresponsible!

AirandMungBeans Sat 21-Jan-17 19:42:24

Yanbu! Not uanbu.

Slightlyperturbedowlagain Sat 21-Jan-17 19:42:51

Sorry it means virus passing out in the poo (and sometimes from mouth, sneezing, coughing)
There are plenty of studies on it as material transferring to hands and then doors, surfaces, food being prepared are major routes of transmission. Also the norovirus can become airborne as droplets in the air following an episode of vomiting or diarrhoea. mostly in schools it's a rota virus though so slightly less easy to catch, but still pretty easy. I'll see if any of the papers are available as free publications if anyone is interested?

Spudlet Sat 21-Jan-17 19:45:44

Every time I take DS to anywhere like soft play, he catches something. Last time it was hand foot and mouth. This time, slapped cheek syndrome. It's got so I hardly ever take him to places. He's always healthy when we go!

Because of eejits like that!

DixieNormas Sat 21-Jan-17 19:45:49

Our school just changed it ti 24 hours, we had a letter last week. I've always kept them off 48

Rachie1986 Sat 21-Jan-17 19:47:35

slightly yes please!

TheCunkOfPhilomena Sat 21-Jan-17 19:48:33

Rachie, the virus is still carried in faeces and, especially as children are not great hand washers, it passes on by people then touching surfaces after using the loo, the particles can survive for up to 2 weeks on hard surfaces (unless bleach is used) meaning it's easily transferred.

This video is annoying but informative

MycatsaPirate Sat 21-Jan-17 19:49:50

I was waiting for one of these threads.

Not long ago there was someone posting whose child had just come out of hospital, compromised immune system and her step children were due to come and stay for two days. The girl had a vomiting bug and she wondered if they could reasonably ask if both children could stay away while ill. She got absolutely fucking slated by mumset because it wasn't fair on the step children.

And here we are, unanimous decision that the child in question should not be infecting random strangers.

YANBU btw. My DD threw up in school on day, took her home, kept her off for the two days. By day two she was feeling much better then all of a sudden started throwing up again. She ended up being off all week.

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