By Amy M.
My son has a cold. I think it bothers me much more than it bothers him. He's as active as ever during the day, and has had no problems sleeping. At night, I hear his labored breathing and coughing through the monitor -- which of course magnifies everything -- and I think he's on the brink of pneumonia. But when he wakes up, he's talking non-stop and ready to play, just like any other day.
So the dilemma is day care. Do I keep him home in order to prevent him from sharing his cold with the other children? Or do I send him to the place where he probably got the cold in the first place? It IS just a cold.
But if his immune system is down, I don't want him to be exposed to too many other germs. On the other hand, if I don't send him to day care, I probably won't isolate him at home. We'd both go crazy. So if we run some errands, he'll be exposed to other people's germs anyway, although he won't be in close contact with them.
In case you've forgotten -- or can't tell from this post -- I'm a first-time mom. I've come across many humorous comparisons of first-time moms and veteran moms that lead me to believe the veteran moms don't worry about a child's stuffy nose.