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#1 balletmum

Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:51 AM

What are school policies in regards to kids with diarrhea? My son is not feeling sick as in temperature, but last night was having some stomach cramps with diarrhea. This morning he went again, not as much but still runny (sorry if too much information).

If he had been up all night with it, there would be no question, but he had a full nights sleep (well after 10.30pm, so it was a bit shorter).

I know schools hate kids coming to school with it, but I have no idea if he is almost done with it or not and  I hate him missing school for no reason.

I'd rather keep him home though if I'm just going to get a call out later as we live some distance from the school.

Thanks for any advice.

#2 beakie

Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:53 AM

Pretty sure he needs to stay home if its happened within the last 12 hrs. Same as vomiting. Keep him home.

#3 FeralSchnitzel

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:00 AM

Well isn't that just the point? You have no idea whether he is almost done with it - ie, he still has it! Keep him home where he has close access to a bathroom and someone can keep an eye on his wellbeing, including his fluid intake.

#4 Monket

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:01 AM

No brainer for me, keep him home.

#5 Jen1

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:02 AM

I would keep him home, he still has diarrhea.

#6 Kay1

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:03 AM

Its not the school that wants you to keep him home, its the parents of the other kids who don't want you to spread it.

Keep him home.

#7 ScarfaceClaw

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:07 AM

I thought it was 24 hours since the last loose stool.

I'd keep him home.

#8 balletmum

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:08 AM

Thanks, I pretty much thought that was the case although as my ex quite often acts like I'm being soft if I let the kids stay home, or not worried enough in other cases if I don't get an array of tests for the common cold. It has me always needing to double check that my instinct was right or not.

#9 Julie3Girls

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:08 AM

Keep him home.
Two reasons
1. Stop it spreading, this is how things get out of control, going right through the school
2. Be nice to him ... Not all classrooms are right next to the toilet, some teachers make the kids wait a little before sending them off to the toilet during class time, to try and discourage it.  Horrible to be sitting in class with tummy pains and having to so a mad run for the toilet in the hope that you make it.  Not to mention keeping his fluids up.

#10 livvie7586

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:09 AM

QUOTE (beakie @ 22/02/2013, 07:53 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Pretty sure he needs to stay home if its happened within the last 12 hrs. Same as vomiting. Keep him home.


i think it may be 24-48 hours, same as vomiting.

OP if your son has had the runs this morning, why are you even thinking of sending him to school?  firstly no-one else wants to catch whatever it is, and secondly it isn't always easy to make it to the loo in time at home, let alone at school

#11 imamumto3

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:12 AM

I would keep him home.  I have had a similar gastro bug the last week.  One day I will be lousy, next day fine, next day lousy etc.  I doubt he would want to be caught short at school.

#12 baddmammajamma

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:19 AM

Definitely keep him home ...and tell your ex to get informed.

Hope your son feels better soon!

#13 annodam

Posted 22 February 2013 - 01:10 PM

This happened to my daughter last Monday...
When she left home in the morning, she was fine, but at lunchtime had the runs & returned back to class late.  
Her teacher sent her to the sick bay where I had to collect her.
Incidentally, my daughters happened to be a "one time" thing but I wasn't to know that so kept her home just in case.
She could've gone in on the Tuesday but meh, she stayed home & busted mine & her brothers balls for the day!

#14 José

Posted 22 February 2013 - 04:19 PM

This happened to a little boy I know last Friday.  He was sent to school. He wad still not quite right and didn't make it to the toilet in time. Poor thing then hid in the toilets and wouldnt come out until his mum got to school.

#15 Kez82

Posted 23 February 2013 - 03:38 PM

Most policies state 24-48 hours from LAST loose stool motion or vomit.

I always go by 48 hours to be on the safer side.




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