Inevitably, most children will miss a friendís birthday party because they got sick or came down with a contagious illness. It can be very difficult to explain to a young child why she canít go to someoneís party. Instead of worrying about making other kids sick, your child will focus on what she is missing (this self-centered behavior is completely normal in young children). One way to handle this situation is to call the birthday girlís parents and ask them to save a little piece of the party for your child. They can keep a few decorations, a goody bag, and two pieces of cake and ice cream. Then, when your child has recovered, she can go to her friendís house with her present and they can have a mini-party together.