Pink Eye ...our kids had it, and K was sent home from school because they suspected she *might* have it.
Really what's the big deal? The biggest deal seems to be that it's contagious, but why keep kids home from school and have a giant freak out about it. Chicken Pox is even becoming more popular - that is exposing your children, usually around age 5 or 6, to chicken pox so as to build up a natural immunity. There are also flu parties to pass on the current strain of flu to build up a natural immunity.
So what's the big deal about pink eye. All it really is is a pink eye, and eye drippings that crust over during the night. Wipe the crusties away and kids are good to go for the day.
I try to respect other parents' right to parent, and in this I respect them as well. Some parents don't want their kids exposed to pink eye, but it's contagious before any symptoms appear, its contagious even after symptoms disappear. It seems to be one of those things that if a kid is going to get it, they are going to get it. This is a perfect opportunity to teach kids about proper hand washing and bathroom etiquette, rather than simply keeping them home for 3-4 days.
When there is lice going around the school - yes kids with lice stay home, as those are actual bugs and not simply an infection, but often times parents whose kids are kept home as well for the *just in case* factor. They don't want to risk a child getting lice - more power to them, I might do the same (actually I didn't, lice went around our school, my kids went, and didn't get it!), but shouldn't, then, those same parents who are worried about pink eye consider keeping their kids home from school. I am not implying that they should be required to do so, but why isn't it a consideration. Why is it just my kids who are sent home?
K, for example, likes the attention a sickness can bring. R and M had pink eye for sure - but K was questionable - so we sent her to school. She told her teachers about her brothers, and said it felt like there was "sand in her eye" (the normal sleep crusties maybe?), and so was sent home on suspicion of pink eye.
I don't know. I don't get it. Neither does craftymama, and neither do numerous of our friends. I wouldn't wish a sickness or infection on anyone, but I am not about to get paranoid or worried over a common childhood infection.