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Sick friend and her kids

We are part of a playgroup that is dwindling steadily. The reason, and I know from talking to the other Moms, is that the one member ALWAYS brings her sick kids to the group. My son has been sick twice after being around her kids. She says they just have asthma, but her kids always have runny noses. Does asthma cause runny noses too? Everything I've found online just says a cough, but I'm wondering if anybody has experience they are willing to share. Also, how would you handle this situation? Thanks in advance.

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Asked by JawgaMom1 at 9:34 AM on Oct. 6, 2009 in Health

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  • No, runny nose is not a symptom of asthma. But a runny nose can cause an asthma flare up. And just so you know, kids with asthma are very prone to pnuemonia. Which is contagious. I would keep my kids away from hers as long as they have a runny nose or cough.

    Answer by mamaada at 9:36 AM on Oct. 6, 2009

  • Runny nose is also an allergy symptom. If her children have asthma, it could indicate that they have allergies, which would go along with runny noses. Clear discharge from the nose is likely not a cold or illness. Thick or discolored discharge would make me think they have a cold or sinus infection.

    Answer by Bmat at 9:40 AM on Oct. 6, 2009

  • sounds like allergies ro me.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:43 AM on Oct. 6, 2009

  • Asthma is just having a hard time breathing. I have had asthma sice i was born (doctors say its due to my dads smoking when my mom was pregnant and around me as a baby) and a runny nose does not cause it. It could just be allergies but i would still keep my kid away from them. If they are always coughing and having a runny nose then i wouldnt want my son around them for a while till things clear up.

    Answer by Shelii at 9:50 AM on Oct. 6, 2009

  • Sounds like allergies. It goes hand-in-hand with asthma.

    Answer by mompam at 11:16 AM on Oct. 6, 2009

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