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How many days has your dc been off sick starting reception?

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purplehouse Sat 29-Sep-12 17:06:42

My dd has been at school for three and a half weeks and already she has missed 4 days due to 2 separate illnesses. She is still ill and I may not even be able to send her on Monday. At the moment she has a very snotty nose, a cough and is breathing noisily. I am getting a bit stressed about it. Her attendance is 78% so far and I gather from mn that is very poor and wonder if the school will be cross.

shineygoldpenny Sat 29-Sep-12 17:08:13

2 days. She is now in Year 5.

purplehouse Sat 29-Sep-12 17:09:33


Gumby Sat 29-Sep-12 17:10:01


Yr 1 and yr 4 children

Is she a sickly child?

purplehouse Sat 29-Sep-12 17:11:20

No, not usually. She is big strong girl for her age and eats well.

Waspie Sat 29-Sep-12 17:12:25

None. He had some time off at nursery when he had chicken pox a couple of years ago but that's about it. He gets colds but nothing serious enough to keep him out of school.

Gumby Sat 29-Sep-12 17:13:57

It pisses me off with my yr 4 child that people comment that I just send him in when he's ill & inject their children
Not true at all
He literally is only ill in the holidays

DorsetKnob Sat 29-Sep-12 17:14:04

DD had a week of in reception with a really nasty UTI, and has just had 2 weeks off following a particularly nasty and prolonged bout of D&V in year 2. Other than that nothing.

Gumby Sat 29-Sep-12 17:15:00

Sorry infect

Although I do know parents who keep their kids off cos they're tired

purplehouse Sat 29-Sep-12 17:25:10

Well that's another thing I'm worried about - them thinking I'm keeping her off for tiredness etc - I'm not, she hasn't had daytime naps for years and doesn't get particularly tired.

mrz Sat 29-Sep-12 17:31:38

PinkChampagneandStrawberries Sat 29-Sep-12 17:33:39

1 day this is his 3rd year

purplehouse Sat 29-Sep-12 17:37:44

Thanks for that link mrz. It asks whether you would go to work in the condition the child is in. I definitely wouldn't -dd passed this illness to me and I have felt awful.

I am getting concerned that my child is sicker than most reading the replies.

noramum Sat 29-Sep-12 17:49:50

DD was really good at nursery, just chickenpox and flu in 3 years. But d hook came and new bugs and we had 5 days in the whole year.

I know a lot of people make a fuss about attendance but I just can't send a child with fever or who threw up for 2 days.

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Sat 29-Sep-12 17:52:18

chicken pox = 5days
about 5-6 further days so 10-11 days in 5 years

CaseyShraeger Sat 29-Sep-12 17:53:10

Did she go to nursery (or equivalent) beforehand? DS is in Y3 and has had I think three days off total since starting Reception (he timed chicken pox for his first Easter holidays) and DD1 is in Reception and hasn't been off sick at all so far, but they were both in FT nursery from a year old or so and caught everything that was going then. If your DD hasn't been around large numbers of germ-riddled children as much then I think that amount of illness isn't unusual.

CaseyShraeger Sat 29-Sep-12 17:56:48

Although, to be honest, a just-turned 4 Reception child I'd have a lot of sympathy with the occasional day off for tiredness. DD1 is a robust little thing but by Friday she comes home and immediately falls asleep for several hours - I don't know how the tiny ones who only turned four last month are managing.

lisad123 Sat 29-Sep-12 17:58:43

Dd2 started reception, missed half day as she was sick due to noise, and then two days last week as she had high temp and again being sick sad

simpson Sat 29-Sep-12 18:06:26

DS missed one day in reception for a grommets op, 3 days in yr2 for another op on his hand...He is now in yr3.

DD has just started reception and I have to pick her up early on a wed for physio every week...

TwiggysGoneOnHolidayByMistake Sat 29-Sep-12 18:11:33

DS started 3 weeks ago and has had 3 days off - 1 annual leave and 2 sickness. YR is a germ-breeding factory!

DeWe Sat 29-Sep-12 18:18:44

DD1 (year 7) 4.5 days (3 with pneumonia at end of year 3)
DD2 (year 4) 6 days if you discount hospital appointments which come 2-3 times a year and mostly take a whole day.
Ds (year 1) 23 days (when he's ill he does it properly, and he suffers from recurrent ear infections) grin He's already had 4 days off this year.

mrz Sat 29-Sep-12 18:23:48

Most of my class have had colds, coughs and runny noses since the beginning of term, me included.

kaytola Sat 29-Sep-12 18:24:45

DD1 - 2 days off sick since starting reception. It was due to chicken pox. She's now in Year 10.

CouthyMowWearingOrange Sat 29-Sep-12 18:27:06

For DS2 :

YR - 8 school days in a row when hospitalised with asthma, plus 2x 48 hrs for D&V. Oh - also 3 weeks while we were all isolated for swine flu right at the start of the outbreak. Then another 5 days with his asthma again. So a total of 32 days in YR.

Y1 - 10 days with his asthma.

Y2 - 5 days with asthma. Then 2 days after being injured in school. Then another 3 days with asthma. So 7 days.

Y3 - 23 days, 8 through his asthma, then 15 more because the meds made him immune suppressed, and chickenpox was going round, he couldn't go in. Then he caught 3 D&V bugs, so another 6 days. Then another 3 days through his asthma. Then he had to have 4 days off for a viral infection where he was running a temp of 101 for all 4 days. So that year he had 36 days off.

He has just started Y4, and has already been off for ALL of last week, as he has a viral my arse chest infection that has set his asthma off again. He will be immune suppressed due to meds again, and though will be well enough in himself to go back on Monday, if anyone has chickenpox, he will have to wait 3 weeks before going back.

It's awful getting the EWO telling you your DS should be in school when he is in hospital on oxygen...

Runoutofideas Sat 29-Sep-12 18:27:24

DD1 now yr 3 - In reception 5 days following grommets/adenoids operation, on advice of the consultant, 5 days for chicken pox, 2 days sickness and diarrhoea. Yr 1 2 days D&V (school are very strict on the 48 hour rule folloing "an episode"), yr 2 - 5 days with a uti/kidney infection. Yr3 2 days so far, following another vomiting episode. I think dd1 may be more susceptible to D&V than most, or else is rubbish at washing her hands despite being reminded every time....

DD2 now yr 1 - don't think she has been off at all as she caught chicken pox before starting school and doesn't seem to get a dodgy stomach as often as dd1.

Down to luck in my opinion.

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