When Should I Keep My Child at Home

How do you know when your child is really sick?  Here are some guidelines to make this "morning decision" a little easier.  Suggestions for keeping your child at home:

  • Fever that is more than 100 degrees. (Your child should be without a fever for a full 24 hours without the use of medication before returning to school).
  • Diarrhea and/or vomiting within the prior 24 hour period.  (If your child has diarrhea and is vomiting he/she should see a doctor.  Children can get dehydrated quickly).
  • Cold with fever and thickened yellow or green drainage from nose.
  • Sore throat with fever and swollen neck glands.
  • Cough that keeps your child awake at night.
  • Earache that is severe and persistent.
  • Rashes with blisters, oozing and painful.
  • Redness in the white of eyes, yellow discharge and matted eye lashes. (This is suggestive of pink eye/conjunctivitis. Exclude from school while symptomatic or until 24 hours of antibiotic treatment).

A good question to ask yourself as a parent is

 "Would I want my child to sit next to a child with these symptoms?"


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