The school letter came via email, reminding parents that if a child vomits they are supposed to stay home for 24 hours after the last "episode." The righteous side of me said, "oh, that's horrible, what parent would send a sick kid to school to get everyone else sick." Hold on Judgy-Judy—I am so guilty of this one. If I were playing the Never Have I Ever game I'd be busted.
Back in the prehistoric years of preschool for my girls, I had a lot less help around the house and fewer babysitting resources. I totally sent girl #1 off to school when it was questionable whether her stomach would hold another day. I was calculating between "episodes" and definitely was not in the 24-hour range. But I was desperate and succumbed to being selfish and thinking about all that money I pay for preschool. I prayed that the school nurse didn't call me...but guess what? At 11:45am the call came in and I had to bundle up the new baby and go get my sick daughter. Karma gets you every time.
I'm not proud of this behavior, but I'm not alone. I did a little research and found a UK survey of parents where HALF of them admit to sending a sick child to school. Yikes. (By the way, I've become a LOT less judgmental the older I get. With age comes wisdom.)
Not that I'm judging you, but someone didn't play by the rules right before break. My youngest came home with a fast and furious stomach bug just in time for the holidays. Maybe it was from the dreaded water fountain or a desk that hadn't been wiped down. Who knows but it happened.
We deal with it. We set up a splat mat in the living room and deposited the patient on the sofa nearest the bathroom. I had the unique "pleasure" of cleaning up her epic last "episode" after she hurled in the top bunk of her bunk-bed. Let me tell you, bunk-beds are a mom's worst nightmare when it comes to vomit. It's just impossible.
To contain the illness we wiped down EVERYTHING. I didn't want the bug ripping through the entire family. I was armed with Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes to tackle the clean-up and contain the spread of germs. Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes help kill 99.9% of germs that can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours, as well as 99.9% of viruses* and bacteria. Clorox is essential for our unexpected messes (especially stomach bugs).
Here's a tip: buy a 3-pack of Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes. Keep one in each bathroom and one in the kitchen. You'll be ready for whatever this school year throws at you. And if you can, please, please, please keep your sick child home so I don't have to clean the top bunk again.
NEVER HAVE I EVER
We'll be hosting an afternoon of fun on Facebook Live session about your messes and how you deal with them. It'll be sure to be illuminating!
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