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Taking child out for some fresh air whilst off school.

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Pop2017 Fri 24-Jan-20 08:31:39

DD and DS have both been quite poorly with fevers, cold like symptoms, sore throats. DD is over it now and DS is hopefully nearing the end. But his temperature is still a bit high and he’s so sleepy and off his food (didn’t eat a thing other than a bite of lasagne yesterday)

Basically we have been couped up for days. I am thinking a little bit of fresh air will do us good. Thinking of taking a drive into town as I have some stuff to put into a clothing collection bin, maybe tempt with a McDonald’s breakfast, popping into a shop to get some more calpol (been through so much of it this week) and some snacks. Maybe a walk round the block if he’s up for it.

I’ve rang the school to say he won’t be in but popping out whilst not at school? I live in a tight knit ‘nosy’ village and I’m sure somebody will say look at her not sending him into school but going out and will tell the school..

Is it really bad to do this?? OH says I’m being ridiculous and to take him out for a bit.

I need it for my own sanity too. I’ve been stuck in with poorly kids for near on 2 weeks!

greenlobster Fri 24-Jan-20 09:43:58

I'd agree with your OH. Sod any nosy parkers and do what you think is best for him.

I think a bit of fresh air is often good for recovery, for psychological reasons if nothing else. When my daughter was off school sick for a few days I'd frequently take her out for a quick trip to the shop or a drive to the beach for an hour or so if she was up to it.

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Fri 24-Jan-20 09:47:23

A walk is of course fine, as is popping to chemist or to grab bread and milk. Taking him to McDonald's or going round the shops not so much.

Thesearmsofmine Fri 24-Jan-20 09:47:26

I would go for a walk in the woods or get them out in the garden but i wouldn’t take a poorly child out where other people are going to be and they could pass on their illness.

ActualHornist Fri 24-Jan-20 09:49:32

Your OH is right.

I’d probably do drive thru though and leave him in the car while I nip into a chemist.

Apolloanddaphne Fri 24-Jan-20 09:50:05

I wouldn't take an unwell child to the shops or MacDonalds. A short trip to a park or walk round the block to get some fresh air would be fine though.

fedup21 Fri 24-Jan-20 09:50:48

Taking them out to get Calpol is fine and if the clothes bin is nearby, I’d probably do that.

I’d never take kids who were too ill to be at school to McDonalds or any other shopping though. Exposing people unnecessarily to bugs isn’t fair on anyone else. My kids generally don’t want to eat when they’re ill anyway.

bonusblanket Fri 24-Jan-20 09:54:13

Please don't take sick children to Mcdonalds, it pukey enough when they're in full health.

Piixxiiee Fri 24-Jan-20 09:55:24

Your children your rules do what you think. I'd take them out if it was me

Glitterblue Fri 24-Jan-20 09:59:11

My mum always says she used to like to give us a day of being a bit more normal, going for a little walk etc before going back to school and I tend to stick to this with mine too, a bit of fresh air will do the world of good. I agree with the others though, I'd do a drive through for McDonald's and wouldn't take him into any shops unless you have no choice when you're getting the calpol.

Butterfly02 Fri 24-Jan-20 10:00:04

A walk away from others is OK however coming into close contact with others is not - you don't know who has auto immune issues and who could end up in hospital just because you wanted to get a McDonald's.

IntermittentParps Fri 24-Jan-20 10:02:51

I'd do the walk but not shops/McDonalds. Not because of nosy villagers with nothing better to gossip about, but, as others say, because of them possibly still being infectious.

If anyone sees your DC on a little walk and tells the school, you'll be well within your rights to laugh in their faces.

NoIDontWatchLoveIsland Fri 24-Jan-20 10:05:40

I wouldn't give a child who has been poorly MacDonalds hmm

Its just junk. A child needs healthy nutritious food to get their strength back & maintain immune system. Think vitamin C - fresh fruit & veg, not processed junk.

YourEggnogIsBetterThanMine Fri 24-Jan-20 10:17:25

DD has been off a lot recently and I took her to McDonald's (TWICE). Also the shops and the cinema! You can't catch what she has though so she's not a risk to others and she needed a morale boost.

Also, to the pp, my poorly child enjoyed her processed junk hmm I even gave her a fizzy drink with her meal. Shockeroonie!

Take your DC out and ignore any nosy parkers but if they are contagious - and it sounds like they are - then please don't inflict those germs on others.

IntermittentParps Fri 24-Jan-20 10:20:52

I wondered when someone would come on to judge about McDonalds grin

Cohle Fri 24-Jan-20 10:26:14

A walk round the block or an unavoidable task I think is fine, but if they're well enough to be out doing miscellaneous errands and going out for brekkie then they'd well enough for school in my book.

Cremebrule Fri 24-Jan-20 10:34:00

I think it’s probably a bit mean to drag out the DS if he’s still not eating, v sleepy and feverish. And, it’s not really fair to go out somewhere to eat with a poorly child.

Hoik Fri 24-Jan-20 10:34:27

Its just junk

It's just food.

crimsonlake Fri 24-Jan-20 10:45:37

Popping to the shops and to McDonalds is not what I would class as getting some fresh air. They need to go for a walk.

NoSquirrels Fri 24-Jan-20 10:51:21

The only thing I think is not on is the McDonalds - he might be getting over it, but truth is you don't really know if he's still contagious and it's unfair to knowingly take a poorly child into contact with others. Plus, if he's off his food, it's really more about you than him. He needs fluids and rest, not a McMuffin.

Chocolateandcarbs Fri 24-Jan-20 10:53:39

I’d take mine out if they were up to it, but too ill to be at school. Waking from car to chemist/somewhere for breakfast requires a lot less energy than learning at school all day. X.

cuckooken Fri 24-Jan-20 10:54:35


I don't know where you got the picture from but the values don't match with the information McDonald's give for 3 chicken selects.

Merryoldgoat Fri 24-Jan-20 10:58:29

Depends on if they’re physically up to it but if they are then go for it.

Skyejuly Fri 24-Jan-20 10:58:33

Nothing wrong with McDonald's if you go in the drive-through.
Mine is off and I had to take the car for MOT.

blue25 Fri 24-Jan-20 10:58:47

McDonalds? No, not the place to take a child too unwell to be in school.

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