Ask Blogging Baby: taking a not-very-sick child to the museum?

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everett at a recent trip to omsiMy three-year-old, Everett, has had a fever on and off for the past 10 days. I think it's a virus - my pediatrician's office doesn't ask to see the kids until the fever has gone on for two whole weeks. And, most of the time, he's fine. Last night wasn't great: he woke up several times complaining of being "hot." Now, he's telling me his tummy "doesn't feel bery good."

I don't think he's terribly ill; he was in great spirits and terrifically energetic yesterday. But, today, his dad had planned to take him to OMSI (the local science museum) with one of his Army buddies. Where he'd be in quasi-contact with any number of susceptible three- and four- and five-year-olds escaping the wet, gray Portland January.

My usual gut check: I ask him. If he feels badly enough, my thought process goes, he'll choose staying at home and watching videos over going to OMSI. He chose, go. Now I have a new dilemma. Should I send him off to the trip that he was promised and to which he is so eagerly looking forward, even though he may infect other children with his unidentified virus? Or should I just figure that, if he's been exposed to something, so have 90% of the other kids who'll be there? I don't know if he's even contagious - for all I know, it was a bad hot dog. What would you do?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.