And I have guilt about this one, no matter which way I decide to go. Here's the scenario. Yuyum has had a cold. But, this morning, we brought him to Mass without really giving it a second thought, because, though he was sniffling a little, he'd been much better yesterday, almost over it. It seemed like a no-brainer; of course we'd bring him to Mass.
But by the time we got there and dipped our fingers into the holy water at the back of church, he was serial coughing ~ big ugly coughing. Nonstop. And the nose was dripping. And the eyes were tearing. It was yucky. And distracting for everyone, so I ended up taking him out to the vestibule and holding him there the whole time. He felt better snuggling with Mommy back there, anyway. Poor little guy.
In hindsight, I realize I should have just stayed home with him and sent the rest of the gang to Mass with their Daddy. If I'd have known his cold was still that bad, I would have kept him home. I think. Maybe.
Gosh. It's just not so easy.
What do you think?
I've gone back and forth on this cold problem for years and need some objective opinions. It's easy if the child has the flu or a stomach ailment. But an old fashioned cold never seems to warrant the same quarantine. If I stayed home every time someone had a cold, I'd miss Mass most of the winter. But, then, is it fair to subject the whole church to my wheezing, sneezing, sniffling, hacking child? And his germs?
So, my question is: Should you bring a child to church with a cold? Is there a litmus test for church-suitable snottiness? Just how bad should a cold be to justify staying home? What do you do? What would you like to see other parents do?
PS~ I should add that we drive approximately an hour to and from Mass, and can't really split Masses so my husband and I can both get there...