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To put son with conjunctivitis into nursery tomorrow?

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Mammylamb Wed 01-Feb-17 16:19:44

The nursery called today; our 18 month old has conjunctivitis. They said he can come in as long as he is having treatment, so DH popped by and took him to the chemist and now he has eyedrops. Nursery say he can come in tomorrow; he seems happy enough and is being treated. But I feel really guilty about putting him in nursery poorly, but also have client meetings tomorrow which I really don't want to have To reschedule (and both me and DH have already taken a few days off each since October with DS being ill) the nursery mentioned a couple of other babies also have it; so it's already doing the rounds of the nursery. Aibu to put him into nursery tomorrow?

Wolfiefan Wed 01-Feb-17 16:20:44

Completely off topic but I though you had to see a GP for eye drops for conjunctivitis!

iloveberries Wed 01-Feb-17 16:20:53


Areyoufree Wed 01-Feb-17 16:22:41

YANBU. He'll be fine. The drops work really quickly.

Starman16 Wed 01-Feb-17 16:23:08

If he seems well in himself and nursery are happy to have him there I don't see why you wouldn't.

Underthemoonlight Wed 01-Feb-17 16:24:08

Please don't take him it's bloody awful all three of my DC had it and me it's highly contagious. I'm surprised they are allowing him to attend nursery no wonder all the babies have it.

DaisyQueen Wed 01-Feb-17 16:24:22

My dd was at the gp for conjunctivitis on Monday. The nursery teacher told me could return 24hrs after starting the drops. I called on Tuesday morning to inform the receptionist that she wouldn't be in until the Wednesday and was told she couldn't return until it was fully cleared up. Even the gp couldn't give me an answer as to how long it would be contagious.

ProudAS Wed 01-Feb-17 16:24:42

The nursery have said it's Ok and he may be feeling better tomorrow. Don't feel guilty about sending him

Seeline Wed 01-Feb-17 16:25:03

It's really contagious. That's why your Ds has caught it - because other kids have gone in because they didn't seem poorly.

Heatherbell1978 Wed 01-Feb-17 16:25:18

Is he feeling ok aside from his eyes though OP? When DS started nursery he got a few bouts of this as it's so contagious. Nursery were happy with him there as long as he had medication to treat it. The treatment will clear it very quickly. I didn't think twice about him being there. It's not like he was sick as such else the nursery wouldn't have taken him.

You can get the conjunctivitis meds through the Boots minor ailment scheme.

civilfawlty Wed 01-Feb-17 16:25:49

Don't be daft. It's incredibly contagious.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Wed 01-Feb-17 16:25:52

Oh God please don't.

You can get drops from the pharmacy now,no need for the GP.

Girlwiththearabstrap Wed 01-Feb-17 16:26:38

If the nursery said it's ok I don't see why it's unreasonable to send. My nursery exclude until child has started eye drops so I don't keep them off longer than I have to.

Awwlookatmybabyspider Wed 01-Feb-17 16:27:27

I'm torn. I can't tell you to keep him off and lose a days pay. I'm not paying your mortgage. However most settings have an excision policy for anything contagious no wonder its spreading around the nursery when there are other children who are also effected. It can be caught from touching something an infected person has touched, sbx They don't go around sterilizing the toys all day. They don't have the time.

EZA15 Wed 01-Feb-17 16:27:41

Does the nursery know that they're not prescribed eye drops and just from a pharmacy? I work in a nursery and we don't allow children medication unless they're prescribed from a GP and labelled up with the Drs advisory sticker of dosage etc

Mrscog Wed 01-Feb-17 16:28:56

Our nursery is fine with them going in with i if they are otherwise well enough to be there. Latest HPA advice is apparently not to exclude for it.

Girlwiththearabstrap Wed 01-Feb-17 16:29:43

EZA - the drops and dose you get from the pharmacy are the same as what the GP would give. They are prescription drops. Pharmacists have some prescribing powers.
Also, Public Health advice is actually not to exclude. Most nurseries do exclude, but only until the child starts treatment.

BingoBingoBingoBango Wed 01-Feb-17 16:36:20

As a pp said, PHE say you don't need to exclude.

Mammylamb Wed 01-Feb-17 16:37:21

Hi, it was the nursery who recommended that we go to the pharmacy for the drops. And yes, he has started treatment (as soon as he got the drops). As a few of them in the room already have it, I suspect the rest of them will get it soon enough whether or not my son goes in.

JedBartlet Wed 01-Feb-17 16:39:42

My DS (14 months) currently has conjunctivitis. We took him to the pharmacy for drops and they said they couldn't prescribe due to his age, so we had to take him to GP.

We did keep him off for a couple of days but only because he also had a stinking cold and was not himself, he went back in still with conjunctivitis. The nursery said they had 11 different bottles of drops in their fridge so really no point whatsoever keeping him off!!

Yes it is very contagious, but you have to go to work, your nursery don't have an exclusion policy and if other kids there have it, they'll be infecting the rest anyway so it makes no difference! It's just one of those things they are going to pick up from time to time. YANBU at all to send him in.

harderandharder2breathe Wed 01-Feb-17 16:44:25

If nursery are happy to have him and he's well in himself then send him in

Highmaintenancefemalestuff Thu 02-Feb-17 07:17:26

My Ds had it a few weeks ago. Pharmacist gave him proper antibiotic drops without seeing go. Had to sign something though. Nursery would have allowed him to go in with or without treatment but I didn't think other parents would thank me if their child caught it so kept him off.

Highmaintenancefemalestuff Thu 02-Feb-17 07:17:42


FroodGloriousFrood Thu 02-Feb-17 10:03:49

So frustrating... As others have said the advice is not to exclude. And often conjunctivitis doesn't need drops so the whole 'only with drops from your GP' is rubbish too.

whyohwhyme Thu 02-Feb-17 10:12:20

I'm very surprised you were able to buy drops over the counter - they are only licensed for over age 2.

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