My son (2.5 yrs old) was diagnosed with ITP about 4 months ago. His platelet count has been stable for the past month at around 70,000. He had an IVIG infusion about two months ago, so it is definitely around time for it to wear off. We have decided to keep him out of school for a couple more weeks at least to ensure he remains stable, but I am really uneasy about sending him back in general. Is anyone else facing the same dilemma? I want him to have the opportunity to socialize with other kids and have fun learning new skills/activities, but I am terrified of what could happen if he were to contract COVID or any other illness for that matter. He doesn't need to go to school; I am a stay-at-home mom and he only went last year for a few hours a few days a week because he enjoyed it. Any thoughts or advice would be much appreciated. Thank you!
Just my opinion as a mother (son 29) and someone with ITP, I wouldn't send him back to preschool at 2.5 years old. Hes so young and with an auto-immune disorder, plus the Delta variant is so contagious, honestly I wouldn't risk it.
That said, its my understanding that the vaccinated people are protecting the unvaccinated (children and others). So to assess your son's risk of Covid you might ask yourself- Do you have a high rate of vaccination in your community? Are the parents and teachers at the preschool vaccinated? Another idea that might be safer is to have play dates with other children whose parents are vaccinated.
I hope his numbers stay up in a safe zone. Children often have a temporary ITP that goes away after a couple months. Trust your motherly instincts and good luck with whatever you decide!
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