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How to Handle Work When Your Child Is Sick

by Daisy Dowling

Quick Takes

  • Have a backup plan
  • Communicate your sick plan to your team ahead of time
  • Make your pediatrician your ally
  • Explore alternatives to doctor’s office visits
  • Be willing to break your usual rules with your kids

Mommy/Daddy, I don’t feel so good.

It’s a phrase that, along with its nonverbal equivalent—that glazed, pale, listless look that your kids get when they’re coming down with something—that you’ve learned to dread. Because whatever the ailment, be it flu, stomach bug, sprain, or other, two things are now certain: (1) You’re going to spend the next 24 hours, and likely more, worrying about and helping your child to get better, wishing you could magically take their discomfort ...

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