‘Tis the season for delicious food, good cheer and holiday germs.
When the first winter cold strikes, it’s quick to spread through daycares, offices and classrooms. One mom took to Instagram with a plea for parents to reconsider sending their stuffy-nosed and feverish children to school – especially if they know they are sick.
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Maria Jordan MacKeigan shared a photo of her daughter Jordan Grace to show other parents would could happen if she catches, what most would call, “the common cold.”
SORRY. I need to clarify. Jordan Grace is healthy, other children are at school completely sick because their parents have things to do!!! • • Tears and anger both flowed for me at school today. I took Jordan Grace home. When my child gets the simple cold she may end up like this! I can’t for the life of me understand why people would put others at risk “because they have so many things to do” (FYI school is not the babysitting club) not only are others at risk but your own child needs you to cuddle them, to love them, to care for them back to health. When Jordan Grace is sick, I think of her first, and how miserable she would be at school. How she needs her mama by her side caring for her. But I also think of others, I don’t want my child to go get others sick especially those who may end up in the hospital because their little bodies can’t fight the sickness off on their own. • • • If we cared more about the world around us and not just ourselves this world would be a much better place!
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“I took Jordan Grace home. When my child gets the simple cold she may end up like this! I can’t for the life of me understand why people would put others at risk ‘because they have so many things to do’,” she wrote.
MacKeigan’s daughter has Down syndrome, and one side effect of this disorder is a compromised immune system, meaning even a simple winter cold can result in serious illness.
“For your information, school is not the babysitting club. Not only are others at risk but your own child needs you to cuddle them, to love them, to care for them back to health. When Jordan Grace is sick, I think of her first, and how miserable she would be at school,” she said. “But I also think of others, I don’t want my child to go get others sick, especially those who may end up in the hospital because their little bodies can’t fight the sickness off on their own.”
The Edmonton, Alta. mom-of-two received plenty of praise from her followers, with many parents agreeing that the classroom is not a place for sick children.
“We definitely know this frustration. We want to do everything in our power to keep them from getting sick. We have had to turn down many visits from friends and family for this reason. Common colds present much more serious to the little ones with underlying conditions and can result in devastating consequences. Unfortunately many people will not understand and it becomes a mission for us to educate the importance of managing sickness,” commented one follower.
One of my main concerns was always communication. I read about a mom’s feelings of her non verbal child and it hit me hard. I remember thinking how will I know if Jordan Grace is doing well when she’s not around me, will she be able to tell me or show me something’s wrong? I worry about both of my girls. Always have, always will! On this particular day I took Jordan Grace across the street to blow bubbles, she’s always appreciated everything around her. She loves life, loves to love and she’s simply amazing. In her own words, she spoke loud and clear saying “butterfly, so pretty! Yeah! More, ooh Bubbles, mommy!” Her excitement, joy and love of all makes my heart explode each and every day!
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“I totally agree. I am currently sleeping in my living room with Emelina because my 5-year-old is coughing a lot at night. I am so afraid Emelina will start coughing too. Especially now that her defense is particularly low. I get very tired from always having to explain to other’s that she will get more sick, more fast even though she is healthy,” added another.
But not everyone agrees with MacKeigan, claiming it’s hard to know just how serious a cold is. Some readers felt personal circumstances, such as working full time or being a single parent, also come into play when the decision is made whether to keep your child home or send them to school.
“If I kept Emmy home for every runny nose we would literally not leave the house for nine months out of the year… I’ve just decided that we can’t protect our kids from everything so I’m not going keep my kids in a bubble, if we end up hospitalized then we do, it’s just a part of our life. I also try really hard not to judge other parents’ choices because we don’t know their family situation or their child,” commented one follower.
Head on over to @yoocandoanything to see a day in the life of Jordan Grace in their stories. It’s an amazing community where everyone is welcome and celebrated no matter their ability! We are so happy to be a part of their community! Perfect way to end Canadian Down syndrome awareness week because we truly believe Jordan Grace can BE and DO ANYTHING!! ❤️
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“I see your point but you also have to look at it from the other side. Being a single mom that had to work a full time job, I didn’t have the convenience of keeping Joshua home at the start of every cold. That didn’t mean I was a bad mom, didn’t care for others or that I didn’t want to keep him home and cuddle him. It meant I had to use my judgement on when to keep him home… I’m sure there were days when he didn’t feel good and would have rather stayed home but I had to save every sick day for the fevers and hospital stays, an that didn’t mean I was less of a mom or didn’t care and selfishly went to work,” added another reader.
The online debate saw many parents discussing whether it’s realistic to keep children home at the first sight of illness. Regardless of how other parents feel, MacKeigan concluded her post with a simple message addressing society as a whole.
“If we cared more about the world around us, and not just ourselves, this world would be a much better place!”