Babies: 3 - 6 Months

Play date with child who has rsv

My friend asked me to come over tomorrow for dinner and a movie but her son was diagnosed with rsv 10 days ago. Her son is 4 months and my daughter is 3 months. I don't think it's a good idea even though I know that it's spread from children sneezing on each other and touching surfaces that have the infected snot saliva etc. I am a major germaphobe so my question is how would you politely say no without making her feel like her son is diseased? I feel bad but not enough to risk my daughter getting sick our dr has had 10-15 cases a day this month!!
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Re: Play date with child who has rsv

  • Why beat around the bush?  She shouldn't have invited you if her son is sick.  There's no need to say anything except "I think it would be best if we rescheduled since your son isn't feeling well."
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  • image overture:
    Why beat around the bush?  She shouldn't have invited you if her son is sick.  There's no need to say anything except "I think it would be best if we rescheduled since your son isn't feeling well."

    This! I would just tell her that you would feel more comfortable if you waited a bit longer. Some parents are not aware/sensitive about illness prevention and unfortunately, this kind of situation will come up again.

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  • Maybe keeping it simple and just say that something came up and you can't make it....
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  • I would just tell her that RSV is extremely contagious and you don't want to risk it. I don't see a reason to lie.
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  • I don't see why you would need to lie, just explain that you don't want your baby to be exposed to it. There's no way I would go. It's just too much of a risk for not much reward.
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  • I would just be honest and let them know that you don't feel comfortable having your child around others that are sick. There is no reason to lie or beat around the bush. I think its unreasonable for her to ask you, honestly.

    Just let her know what your true feelings are, and that it is nothing personal against her or her kids. You just don't want your baby to get sick. That is a reasonable concern. 

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  • image overture:
    Why beat around the bush?  She shouldn't have invited you if her son is sick.  There's no need to say anything except "I think it would be best if we rescheduled since your son isn't feeling well."

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  • RSV is really dangerous.  I wouldn't go either.  I'd probably just say we're planning some family time that day and postpone for a later date.
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  • I would just bring over a meal and  tell her something like "You probably have been so busy since your LO has been sick. Here is something for your family. Lets get together when everyone is feeling better."
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