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Old Feb 17th, 2017, 20:20 PM   1
MoonLove
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Norovirus risk?


It is half term and we usualy have 2-4 days non consecutive days spent with my parents in law.

But this weekend they have gone to visit family who have the norovirus (to help with their children) and i am thinking of just telling them we wont be able to see them like usual this week as they could be bringing the virus back with them.

Just curious what you think? Me and my husband talked about it and think its best to not see parents in law for a week if they have been in contact with norovirus. Do you think it is the right call? Its a bummer but i dread risking my children getting so poorly unnecessarily. I think they will think we are being overly cautious but i think its sensible?



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Old Feb 17th, 2017, 21:28 PM   2
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Yeh I would agree with you and not see them. I remember being invited to a Halloween party when lo was 11 months and the parents of two children saying they'd had Norovirus two weeks ago and my lo still caught it after one of the mums changed a dirty/loose/diarrhea nappy next to us, he was still contagious! Urghh we all went down with it. If they don't catch it a week is probably fine but if they come down with I'd steer well clear for at least two weeks. No one wants their children ill if if could have been avoided, I'm sure your ils will understand.



 
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Old Feb 18th, 2017, 02:45 AM   3
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What's the time difference from them leaving and you arriving? If there a 48 hour buffer and they don't get it I would go, maybe a delay a day or 2 if needed?



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Old Feb 18th, 2017, 04:46 AM   4
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I'd delay. I'm not usually over sensitive about these things but norovirus is extremely contagious and just awful when you have it. All 4 of us caught it at once, we had offers of help but I told my Mum and brother just to leave parcels on the doorstep absolutely no point in passing it on.



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Old Feb 18th, 2017, 05:17 AM   5
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I'd give it 4 days.
I went away with my mum and sister when my son was a baby. My husband had the norovirus and I thought we'd escaped it by going away from him but 2.5 days later my son came down with it.
That being said neither me, my mum or my sister caught it, we constantly used alcohol hand gel, disinfetant and changed clothes. My son was sick on us all a lot plus lots of poopy nappies so I was shocked none of us caught it.



 
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Old Feb 18th, 2017, 06:42 AM   6
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What's the time difference from them leaving and you arriving? If there a 48 hour buffer and they don't get it I would go, maybe a delay a day or 2 if needed?
They're home Sunday and due to have the children for the day on Monday!

I've never had Norovirus but it sounds horrendous and i'd be so upset if my children had it, especially my 2 year old!

Thank you everyone!



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Old Feb 18th, 2017, 08:51 AM   7
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What's the time difference from them leaving and you arriving? If there a 48 hour buffer and they don't get it I would go, maybe a delay a day or 2 if needed?
They're home Sunday and due to have the children for the day on Monday!

I've never had Norovirus but it sounds horrendous and i'd be so upset if my children had it, especially my 2 year old!

Thank you everyone!
To be honest I assumed norovirus was just the usual stomach bug, I'm guessing it's not in which case no I wouldn't take the risk!



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Old Feb 18th, 2017, 09:18 AM   8
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Do not go if they have the norovirus.

It's the main virus behind the diarrhea and vomiting bug, it's the big daddy virus. Kids can also get rotavirus, which does not seem to affect adults. Noro does. Trust me.

This ravaged our house in January. DD was vomiting for a week, DS and DH had it 24 hours, FIL and MIL were sick for almost a week, with the residual diarrhea lasting long after the fever and vomiting were gone.

Alcohol based hand sanitizer does nothing. Most household cleaners, despite claiming to kill viruses, will not kill it (clorox wipes, etc). You need bleach (in strong concentration), heat (I think about 140 or 160F), or Lysol spray (but you have to leave it wet for 10 minutes). There is some speculation that hand santizers with benzalkonium chloride will work, but it is hard to test. They cannot isolate human norovirus in a lab to test on, so they use feline and canine versions and hope they work for human types.

Some people get it more mild than others, no clue why. Some speculate blood type or immune health or gut bacteria, but no one knows. That is why some say "it's just a stomach bug", while other say it is the closest they've come to death. Just in our house, we had:

Me: 4 hours, tops
DH & DS: 24 hours (not counting residual diarrhea)
DD: about 6 days, at which point we had to get medication to stop the vomiting. Lengthy residual diarrhea
MIL & FIL: 4-6 days, lingering digestive issues for weeks

You are being extremely sensitive, norovirus is no little sniffle. It actually kills hundreds of people per year (usually elderly and/or already in poor health).



 
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Old Feb 18th, 2017, 13:23 PM   9
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Funny you should mention the lingering digestive issues Misspriss, when my son caught norovirus (at 18 months old) he had it really bad for 4 days, then for one whole year after he had loose stools. After endless tests the only thing the doctors could put it down to was 'gut damage' from having the virus so badly.
It eventually went away on it's own but I always did wonder if the virus caused it or not.



 
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Old Feb 18th, 2017, 13:30 PM   10
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Funny you should mention the lingering digestive issues Misspriss, when my son caught norovirus (at 18 months old) he had it really bad for 4 days, then for one whole year after he had loose stools. After endless tests the only thing the doctors could put it down to was 'gut damage' from having the virus so badly.
It eventually went away on it's own but I always did wonder if the virus caused it or not.
Wow that must have been awful! I pumped mine full of probiotics until it cleared up, when I said "lingering" I meant like 10-14 days (for the kids, I did ask my husband's parents how their bowel movements had been...). I can only imagine the struggle!



 
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