Posted by admin on April 3, 2011
How long is a toddler contagious after being sick?
One of my biggest pet peeves is people taking their kids out when they are sick…I mean, not the common cold, like a runny nose, because I understand that colds are common in kids, but other more serious viruses/infections. My 2 year old was just around her 1 year old cousin and another infant cousin who both had runny noses and coughs, and the coughing sounded pretty bad…a lot of congestion in their throats, etc. Anyway, I know they started getting symptoms about 5 days ago, so I’m wondering if they were still contagious because our family got together for a Christmas party and I’m now wondering if my 2 year old might come down with whatever her cousins had…the 1 year olds mom said they doc told her that it was a virus and just had to run its course so not sure what she has, but wondering how long a child is typically contagious after symtoms show up. Thanks
Answer by freshbliss
As long as they have a fever
Answer by Sarah Z
I thought that bacterial was contagious up to 24 hours after a fever, and viral, well that can be caught by contact or air born contact… i could be wrong though, but I know sometimes ever doesn’t come into play. I recently had a sinus, ear, and upper respiratory infection ( no fever ) and I have a sick 2 yr old about to have surgery who can not get sick, and my doctor told me to wear a mask because my son could catch my infection just by me breathing on him….
Answer by Denise M
it all depends on the virus.
Best bet: as long as there is mucous coming from somewhere, SOMEONE can catch “SOMETHING”
as a ‘rule of thumb’ a virus is only contagious for about 12-34 hours after a fever has broken, but can still be active in mucosal residues.
Wash your childs hands frequently, be aware of personal space, be aware of toy sharing and toys being put in the mouth and around the face…but don’t expect everyone to lock their children up for the slightest sniffle. Take charge of your own children’s well being and keep them clean and well rested, well fed and full of vitamins.
Answer by murigenii
I don’t know for sure, but to be safe when my kids were little I didn’t consider them over it (whatever it was) until they went 24 hours without a fever.
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