PSYCHOLOGY

Mom Makes A Desperate Plea To Other Parents After A Girl Coughed On Her Son And He Fell Seriously Ill

Date October 3, 2018 17:15

Mom of a boy with a seriously weakened immunity begs other parents to keep their kids home while they are sick

For healthy children, common colds are not a big deal. However, a child with a faulty immune system can get seriously sick after being exposed to this common viral infection.

This is one of the reasons why parents should keep their children home while they are sick. One mom is desperately trying to get this message across to other parents after her son had a severe illness after another child coughed on him.

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Courtney Hayes’ son Jude was born with a serious heart defect, and his immune system doesn’t function properly due to a genetic condition. The boy’s parents have been doing everything they can do to protect him from viruses and other germs, but they don’t want him to miss out on the fun other children have.

One day, Courtney took her son to the museum. Being a considerate mom, she picked the time before the cold season to minimize her son’s risk of catching a respiratory infection.

When Courtney and Jude were at the museum, a little girl approached them. The girl simply wanted to play with Jude. Suddenly, she accidentally coughed right in his face. What started a few days later was an absolute nightmare.

Little Jude got so sick he had to stay home for a few weeks. During this time, he had to endure violent coughing fits and throwing up so often he couldn’t keep food down and started losing weight. It was so bad his parent feared for his life.

Courtney wrote a heartbreaking post about their ordeal, and the takeaway is one simple message: keep your children home while they are sick to protect other kids, especially those whose condition is as fragile as Jude’s.

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Why you should keep your sick child home, and how to prevent respiratory infections from spreading

As Courtney rightly pointed out in her post, it’s not always possible to leave your sick child home. But, the mom argues, parents should postpone some optional activities, such as visits to museums and other public places, until their kids recover. It’s for the kids’ own good and for the good of those around them!

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To lower your child’s risk of catching respiratory infections during the cold season and to protect other kids when your child is sick, the CDC recommends the following:

  1. Keep your kids home when they are sick. If your child has flu-like symptoms without a fever, they should stay home. If your child has a fever, they should stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever subsides without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
  2. Try to keep your child at least 3 feet away from people who have symptoms of a respiratory tract infection.
  3. Teach your child to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing, dispose of the tissue right away, and wash their hands with soap and water afterwards (or clean their hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available).
  4. Teach your child to wash their hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water and keep unwashed hands away from the mouth, nose, and eyes.
  5. Clean potentially contaminated objects and surfaces (such as doorknobs, tables, and phones) in your home regularly and thoroughly.

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It’s not always possible to keep your child 100% protected from colds and other respiratory tract infections, but these simple steps may help lower their risk.

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