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Old 02-14-2014, 10:52 AM   #11
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Re: bad form? bringing coughing child to other childs check up?

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Seperate waiting areas, leave the cougher at home. Combined, bring her if you want.

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Old 02-14-2014, 10:58 AM   #12
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Re: bad form? bringing coughing child to other childs check up?

If he'll wear a mask, I'd bring him. If not, I'd leave him home.
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Old 02-14-2014, 11:14 AM   #13
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Re: bad form? bringing coughing child to other childs check up?

We goto a family dr and there is only one waiting room.

If isn't coughing too much (no more than many people in wintertime) we are leaning toward all going. We still have a few hours to decide though.

there is also rarely anyone in the waiting room, sometimes we see one person. They are very efficient.

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I'd take him. However in my family coughs linger FOREVER. Shoot, I'd even send him to daycare after the 24 hrs fever free period.
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Old 02-14-2014, 11:36 AM   #15
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I wouldn't at my Ped just because they schedule well child visits and sick child visits separate and on separate sides of the office so the rooms don't get contaminated on the well child side.
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There are separate waiting rooms & separate exam rooms used at our clinic. Signs are posted directing anyone attending a well child appt (or injury appointment) with any symptoms to alert the front desk so they can be seated with the other sick patients. People are supposed to check in on the appropriate side of the check in desk (sick or well) but, for some reason a lot of people miss that sign.
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Old 02-14-2014, 11:45 AM   #16
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I think it depends on your Dr office setup. Ours has a seperate little side waiting room for sick kids but that is it. The well and sick visits happen on both sides of the offices, so the germs spread regardless. If he is feeling up to going, we would probably both take him.
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Re: bad form? bringing coughing child to other childs check up?

If I had a choice, I would not. If I HAD to, I wouldn't bring sick child over to the well child area.
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Re: bad form? bringing coughing child to other childs check up?

To me and my kids, a cough and runny nose is not really sick. I mean, I depending on how much coughing and how runny the nose, I wouldn't take them to church or to play with friends out of respect, but I don't consider them sick.

A cough and runny nose lingers for several days or even a week after the actual illness in our house. My kids feel totally fine when that is all they have. They wouldn't want to cuddle on the couch. I wouldn't either. They feel fine. For a cough and runny nose, we don't skip a beat. Maybe we are different than most.

No fever and a mild left over cough and runny nose, I would not hesitate to bring my child to the doctor's office like that...or really anywhere unless they are going to be in close proximity to other kids. Then, I would let the other parent(s) know and let them decide.

Of course, we all know there are severe coughs and runny noses. I'm really talking about the left over junk after a cold.
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Re: bad form? bringing coughing child to other childs check up?

If you feel this is an important visit and you both need to be there then I would default to school rules; if the fever has been less then 100 for more then 24 hours he is a go to come.

TBH I would be inclined to leave him home because his immune system is already worn down why expose him to more germs? Then again I am the type of mom who will cancel specialist appointments if my son is sick (why spread the germs unnecesarily) and brings a bag of activities to doctor's appointments to keep touching community toys to a minimum.
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Re: bad form? bringing coughing child to other childs check up?

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TBH I would be inclined to leave him home because his immune system is already worn down why expose him to more germs? Then again I am the type of mom who will cancel specialist appointments if my son is sick (why spread the germs unnecesarily) and brings a bag of activities to doctor's appointments to keep touching community toys to a minimum.
This is ultimately why I would leave him home. Otherwise a lingering cough and clear runny nose is no big deal. Honestly I'd leave all my kids except the one with the appointment at home -- I do all well-checks by myself, anyway, except for the very first newborn one.
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