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what is contagious with the common cold and or the flu..... are they contagious when they cough... at what temp. are they contagious... I was wondering b/c i just started babysetting about a month ago and every since i did my 3 month old has been sickk........ the girl i watch her parents never take her to the dr.. when she is sick so she can never get better the last time she was sick i took her to the dr but i dont think that it is my responabilty to take her... so i need to know some things that are contagious so that i can tell her parents if she has that she cant come

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Asked by Anonymous at 7:16 PM on Nov. 13, 2008 in General Parenting

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  • I'm not really sure with a cold its not contagious unless the child has a fever and as far as the flu goes it can be contagious up until 72 hours after the symptoms have gone away. Bronchitus very contagious should keep child at home. I know a bit about what your going through I used to babysitt as well to parents that were pretty similar to what you described I finally made her sign a contract with me that stated if the child was sick he would have to go to the dr and have a doctors note stating that he wasn't contagious or would no longer be contagious after this date then told her if she did not follow it I would no longer accept him here and her monthly payment would be non refundable it also stated that in the contract soon she was doing the responsible thing I had two young kids in the house and my youngest was preemie can't be to careful

    Answer by one_white_rose at 8:12 PM on Nov. 13, 2008

  • Sorry I can't be more help. But I always say if they have a temp like over 101 they should saty home. That is the rule in school and should be with preschool also.

    Answer by gdnrs at 2:11 AM on Nov. 14, 2008

  • Coughs spread air borne germs. Usual rule of thumb if they have a temp they are contagious. You cannot take you kid to a day care or school with a fever and she should be at home with her mom if she has one. Any barfing, diareaha, rashes, ring worm, pink eye...the list goes on!

    Answer by salexander at 10:49 AM on Nov. 14, 2008

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