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Do I send my son with a cough 😬

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Dickorydockwhatthe · 14/09/2020 07:16

He stayed home Friday bunged up full of cold which has developed into a cough as the mucus has loosened. No temperature or loss of taste, he feels fine just has the annoy tickly cough you get after a cold especially first thing in the morning. But it always sounds worse first thing but he will probably perk up later!!

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LadyofTheManners · 14/09/2020 07:18

You can but don't be surprised they send him home and demand a test is done before they let him back in. That's certainly what's happening in my borough and people cannot get tests anywhere here or up the country, which is no surprise when schools are being over zealous on even the tiniest cough

SqidgeBum · 14/09/2020 07:19

My schools policy is that a cough is fine. They only send home and demand a test if it's a cough AND a temperature. I guess it depends on your schools policy, which you may be able to find on the school website, but if kids and staff stayed off every time they had a cough, nobody would be in school.

Whoisillthen · 14/09/2020 07:20

My daughter's school is more concerned about a temperature too.

Dickorydockwhatthe · 14/09/2020 07:23

I don't want him to get tested for something I know is a cold not that we can get a test, but like you know a cough is always worse first thing!! They can't expect their parents to put their children especially young children through a test every sniffle 😭

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GeorgieTheGorgeousGoat · 14/09/2020 07:25

I think that sensibly especially when it’s accompanied by a blocked or snotty nose and it’s clearly a mucus cough not a dry cough.

SqidgeBum · 14/09/2020 07:26

@Dickorydockwhatthe maybe if you cant see anything on their website give the reception a call and ask what their policy is? Someone should be in there by now. It's better to know before sending him in and then all the kerfuffle if he is sent home.

Splendidseptember · 14/09/2020 07:27

Strange re temp, it's not such a major symptom anymore and.. Dc don't usually present with one, in fact their corona symptoms are quite different altogether. Ie rash, fatigue, sickness

BexR · 14/09/2020 07:27

I have the same problem this morning OP. DC is snotty and therefore coughs every now and then. No temp and no loss of smell.

I'm going to send him in.

Branleuse · 14/09/2020 07:28

Please dont send him in with a cough. Wait till u get a negative covid test. Noone wants his cold

RubbishQueen · 14/09/2020 07:31

We're in the same boat this morning. No temperature, still snotty and now a productive cough. I have no idea whether to send her in or not. She has no symptoms of Covid apart from a cough, but it's not dry it's phlegmy.

PunkAssMoFo · 14/09/2020 07:33

Same here.

NHS says it’s fine to send them in with a cold. It was bound to happen as all the kids have been at home preventing ALL viruses from spreading. The common cold is going spread like wildfire now that they are all together again. It’s going to be a very long winter.

flumpster123 · 14/09/2020 07:33

I have same issue. DD (13) streaming cold on Friday so i kept her off. All fine now just bit of mucusy coughing. DH says she's fine to go in

RubbishQueen · 14/09/2020 07:38

We haven't seen anyone else so the kids have picked it up from school. 🤷‍♀️

cansu · 14/09/2020 07:38

School will send him home. They are just following the government guidance. It is ridiculous but there we go. The government told us that kids, families and teachers would be able to get covid tests quickly allowing schools to open safely. Obviously this was bullshit.

seven201 · 14/09/2020 07:50

If it's a new continuous cough you keep him home/get a test. If it's a very occasional cough you can send him in.

Dickorydockwhatthe · 14/09/2020 07:54

Even if tests were available if I had a young child there's no way I would be putting them through a test every sniffle/cough/cold. I've sent him as reception aren't answering. He has the loudest cough ever too 🙈 but that's completely normal for him!! I'm surprised though as he does normally get a temp with a cold but thankfully hasn't this time. He was fine yesterday afternoon but sounded rough as rats first thing.

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Happyhippos2020 · 14/09/2020 07:56

Well we’re in the same situation and I’m not sending mine in. Think chances are high they would be sent home and worry everyone.

But I’m hoping school won’t now make us isolate for 2 weeks!!

GaraMedouar · 14/09/2020 07:59

@Dickorydockwhatthe - OP I have exactly the same issue this morning. I have decided to keep DD9 off today as she is still snotty with an occasional mucus cough and sneeze. I’m hoping she will be less snotty tomorrow but the cough may linger. I’m going to phone the school today though for clarification. I’d prefer her to be less snotty tomorrow and not get sent home rather than being sent home today for a cold and have to self isolate for 2 weeks. DD says lots of kids have this cold though.

EDSGFC · 14/09/2020 08:00

It's clear why so many schools are having to close

Dickorydockwhatthe · 14/09/2020 08:00

Are they classing a high temperature as 38 or 37.8?

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Ilovewillow · 14/09/2020 08:01

Same here eldest had the snotty nose on Friday, no temp, no cough so she has gone to school today her tutor group was riddled with it last week. Youngest snotty nose coming and a mucus cough (not frequent) so keeping him at home as he doesn't feel 100% but no testing!

Dickorydockwhatthe · 14/09/2020 08:02

He was fine yesterday apart from the slight cough/snuffle so based on that I've sent him plus reception aren't answering and he would have missed the bus. Pre corona I would have sent him because he feels fine in himself compared to Friday.

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Ilovewillow · 14/09/2020 08:05

Exactly we would be going in if he didn't feel unwell!

DiddlySquatty · 14/09/2020 08:06

My dd is just off to school terrified about coughing in front of people
She has had what was definitely a cold and was off Thursday, Friday. Prob would’ve sent her in in Friday pre covid to be honest.
But no temp and clear cold symptoms
She’s worried about comments from friends and teachers. ☹️

AutumnSummersBuffysCousin · 14/09/2020 08:07

Same here-snotty and gross but def coughing-how are you meant to decide if it’s a testing situ?I am not sending mine because they feel rough but don’t know about doing testing?

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