Sick children

@CRIVAS (1819)
Canada
February 20, 2009 7:09pm CST
I have two very sick daughters right now, well actually they are just getting over the worst of it. They have been driving me crazy to go outside all week but it winter where I live and I am afraid of making the even more sick than they already are. Does anyone out there know if letting them outside would be a bad thing? Do you let your children play outside when they are sick? Or do you make them stay indoors until they are feeling better? I really have no idea what to do and the crafts and games that I have been doing with them just don't seem to be enough any more. I would love some feedback, especially if you have been in this situation before.
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11 responses
• China
22 Feb 09
Foget one point. when keeping the child home, make sure to air the room regularly, but keep the child away from wind, which does harm to a sick body.
• China
22 Feb 09
I think it depends on whether there is a strong wind blowing. In China. the outside has fresh air and sunshine, even winter sunshine, good for children. But if there is a strong wind, even your kids are kept warm, the wind still will go through their body, carry the coldness into their body. Sometimes, such coldness will reside in the body and cause troubles later in some ways. My daughter seldom gets sick. If she does, say, a cold, I will be careful, keep her warm, let her drink water and rest as much as possible. Yes, once she feels a little better, she'll press me for going out. then I'll check the weather broadcast to see if outside is too windy or humid for an outing. If I'm mot sure, I'd rather her stay home. Of coz, keeping children home is a little challenge, you have to explore various ways to interest them, coaxing them, soothing them. But regaining health, no more problem is the primary concern in the case of sickness. Even when she just recovers from sickness, the following two days I still will be very careful, since she must be a little weak. This is my way, which seems very safe. Hopeful I can help.
• United States
21 Feb 09
Unless my kids are running high fevers, coughing excessively, sound like their chest is really congested, or throwing up I'll let them go outside for short periods during the winter to get some fresh air. While they are outside this gives me time to start disinfecting the house. I use ordinary household bleach that has been diluted and put in a spray bottle. I spray and wipe light switches, door knobs, faucet knobs etc. I even dampen a rag with the solution and wipe of remotes, keyboards, telephones etc that cannot be wet down with the solution. Anything that can go in the dishwasher does. Including toothbrushes! Everyone in my house has three or four toothbrushes. Each time they are used they go in the dishwasher. I think toothbrushes carry a horrible number of germs even when we are not sick. Also after someone has been sick in our family I will wash all bedding including pillows.
@lynnemg (4539)
• United States
21 Feb 09
I actually asked a doctor about this once. His response was, well, if they feel well enough to go outdoors, let them go. If it is colder, make sure they wear a hat, socks and shoes. The fresh air will do them good and can actually help them feel better. Personally, I live by that rule. If they are feeling well enough to go run around, and are not running a fever, I let them go play for a little while. I do limit the time outside to no more than 30 minutes at a time, and I make them drink plenty of water. Another perk to letting them go outside, it gives you a chance to spray your house with Lysol!! While you're at it, open the windows and air out those germs. I bet you will all feel better for it.
@seamotive (144)
• China
21 Feb 09
I think you should let them play outside with warm clothes.Playing is the nature of children,if they play happily,they will recover faster,i sincerely hope your babies recover soon!
@academic2 (7009)
• Uganda
21 Feb 09
Depending really on their sickness, sometimes little kids need to play to get better and confining them indoors will make their situation worse. So use your judgement carefully, if they have asthma or chest related problems that get worse in cold temperatures, then keeping them indoors is a prudent thing to do!
• United States
21 Feb 09
Our 2 1/2 year old just got over a nasty cold a week ago and kept trying to sneak outside on the patio, so we just let him come out for a few minutes with us each time. It was just enough to give him some fresh air. I would think that a few moments isn't going to hurt them. It's not the cold air that made them sick anyhow, it's having picked up a germ with their hands somewhere. Namaste-Anora
@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
21 Feb 09
Obviously it will tax their little bodies a bit more. Their body is fighting the disease and then also has to keep them warm. If they are not sick-sick as in fever and barely eating if at all I don't think sending them outside for fifteen minutes or half an hour is bad. In fact, I have done it with strep throat, colds, and ear infections. See, winter here doesn't offer many occasions of snow. It might very well be that there is only snow once a year that's enough for them to go sledding. Often it won't even last long. Therefore, mine get to go and enjoy themselves. Just watch them as they get exhausted quickly and they shouldn't get too cold.
@stacyv81 (5904)
• United States
21 Feb 09
Well, I read somewhere, that it isnt the weather that gets people sick but viruses and bacteria. But, if they arent so sick that they dont have any energy, Id say 30 min outside or so well bundled wouldnt hurt. Either that or some places have indoor play places, but I think you are in more danger of getting sick there with all the children....You should just go with your instinct though ultimately..
@alharra (507)
• United States
21 Feb 09
Unless they are running a fever or throwing up- throw them out the front door. It will tire them out and give you some time without them under your feet. If they feel well enough to go out there is no reason not to let them. Throw them out and give your self a treat.... I have 3 of my own I know of what I speak....
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
21 Feb 09
I have a 5 year old daughter and a9 week old son. My daughter gets cabin fever when she is sick. I don't let her play outside when she is sick. But I will let her run errands with me and her dad. She and one of us stay in the car. It's warm, and a change of scenery. So it is a little bit of a help.