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Thumper
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Thanks Cait. That is what we do but seems that the current bug is nasty and just wanted to be sure I wasn't allowing them back to soon.

 

Problem seems to be parents still having play dates when their child is contagious ?

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can i ask what is your policy when a child is on anti-biotics? We have some guidelines (can't remember where i got them from, think it was something to do with a government advice leaflet) it says children should be off for 48 hours. I don't always stick to it religiously as i do think it depends on the circumstances, for example we have one child who has bad eczema and has sometimes had very bad cracked skin and required medicine but she was not ill at all and not infectious. But i have one member of staff who always questions my reasoning which is getting quite annoying! Just wondered what you all do?

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Hi Aliceinwonderland

We say 48 hours of taking antibiotics until they can return. This is due to fact if antibiotics are going to cause the child to have an upset tummy it's usually within that time

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Thanks Thumper, I usually use that reason if a child has never had the medicine before, but i tend to relax it a bit for reasons above when the child has had the same medicine a few times before with no effects. I can see some points about it maybe looking like one rule for one and one for another, but i also think it really needs to be based on individual circumstances, the example child's parents are very good and at the first sign of any illness, they do keep her off and arrive quickly if we ever have to phone them. Do you think i'm out of order? I partly hate the fact that i'm starting to question myself after i made a decision, but this one staff member has the knack of making me feel like s*** about everything i do while everyone else supports me.

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antibiotics take about 2/3 days to work well so the poor child is still feeling poorly and may need anti fever medication too/

I totally agree with that finleysmaid, i meant about situations like the eczema i mentioned above, where the child is not ill at all, she has been given anti-biotics sometimes when her skin is badly cracked, but she has no fever or any ill symptoms. She has also never had any reactions to the medicine. Would you still stick to the 48 hour rule then? I would feel awful to tell them to keep her away from nursery when she's not poorly, it would feel like i'm penalising her for having eczema.

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No, we do not exclude for taking antibiotics. I think the upset tummy aspect of antibiotics is actually a bit of a red herring here....ie, their upset tummy is not infectious if triggered by antibiotics, but the underlying infection may be. The issue is surely

1. Is the child infectious as determined by the Public Health England exclusion list

2. Is the child feeling unwell, and therefore should be kept at home.

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. I think the upset tummy aspect of antibiotics is actually a bit of a red herring here....

 

 

:P:P :P :P just as well you didn't have my eldest when she was on antibiotics :wacko: :blink: :unsure: but she's grown up being allergic to the majority of them so I guess that was the issue ;)

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