School and constant colds
loopsaloo · 02/10/2022 09:36
DD is 14. She seems to be a beacon for colds and viruses at this time of the year.
She had a horrendous one the week before last and had 3.5 days off school. Sore throat, hacking cough and zero energy.
I had a letter from her school, saying her attendance is being "monitored".
Last night she's coming down with something else. Sore throat again, body aches and pains etc.
I understand why the school would be concerned, but what's the solution? Send her in full of cold, spreading it, and not getting better and being more open to the other viruses?
Anyone have any advice?
victoriacrosshairs · 02/10/2022 09:42
Unless she absolutely cannot go to school I'd send her I'm afraid. But I was a single parent with no alternative childcare and I went unpaid if they didn't go to school.
maranella · 02/10/2022 09:44
I think a lot of DC are coming down with a very nasty cold ATM and there is Covid about again as well. I sent DS1 in this week with a nasty cold and, to be fair, he didn't ask to stay at home and most of his year group seemed to have it. Y10 is too important for him to be missing days unless he really has to.
madasawethen · 02/10/2022 09:44
Can she wear a mask to school?
Have her carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer to use throughout the day too
Everylittlethingsgonnabealright · 02/10/2022 09:45
If it’s a cold I’d send her in as you can’t avoid them! But if body pains, viral aches and no energy I would have kept her home.
I’d take school’s threats with a pinch of salt - they’re probably automatically triggered and don’t take into account actual illness. How much has she been off this term?
HelloDoggy · 02/10/2022 09:49
No advice, but you have my sympathies. DS had a nasty cold about 3 weeks ago. He needed two days off. Then last week he got what seems like flu - temperature, headache, dizziness, week, fatigue, earache, nasty sore throat, stomach pain, and could barely open his eyes. So he's just had another 3 days off. He's a competitive athlete in a sport he does 7 sessions a week, so very fit and healthy most other times of the year, but sept to Dec are always a nightmare for us.
One thing we are trying to get him to do is wash his hands more often and more thoroughly, and try not to bite his nails, as I think this may be where he picks germs up from.
My younger DC has so far been healthy all term. So definitely feels child specific.
maranella · 02/10/2022 09:52
It might be worth contacting the school and asking them to remind DC to wash their hands frequently and use hand gel again with so many viruses circulating at present. Good hygiene does make a difference if it's practised by everyone.
properdoughnut · 02/10/2022 09:54
Yeah if contact the school to see if they can remind all pupils to wash their hands as loads of people seem to think they don't need to now. Which is disappointing. I'd send her in if at all possible but if she's too ill she's too ill.
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