Sniffling, snorting, hacking, and coughing -- your sick kids can't go to school, but you might wonder whether they should be around any healthy person, including you. Here's how to care for them without getting sick yourself.
By Madeline Vann, MPH
Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH
When your children are too sick for childcare or school, you might wonder whether it's just a matter of time before you get the bug, too.
"Preventing transmission, especially if with small children in the house, is not easy," admits Larry Anderson, MD, a professor of pediatric infectious diseases at the Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta. One of the biggest challenges for a healthy mom, he says, is that a lot of transmission happens early in the illness, well before symptoms cue you in that you have sick kids.
On the flip side, it's possible for healthy moms and healthy dads to sta