As a parent, it’s not always easy to tell when your child is too sick for school! Here are some helpful tips to help:
A fever is the body’s way of fighting off an infection. If your child has a fever of 100.5 or greater, they should be kept home. The child must be fever free, off fever reducing medications, such Tylenol or Motrin, for 24
hours before they are returned to school.
Diarrhea is often a sign of infection or food poisoning. It can also be a side effect of some medications. Unless you are certain the diarrhea is a medication side effect, the child should be kept home and well hydrated
until their stools become formed and less frequent. If the diarrhea is accompanied by fever, pain, vomiting, or bleeding your child should be evaluated by their doctor.
This can be a way for the body to rid itself of germs. Any child that has vomited twice or more in the past 24 hours should be kept at home until symptoms stop and they can tolerate a regular diet. Severe cough/Cold: A severe cough can be a sign of illnesses such as bronchitis, croup and asthma. These should be evaluated by a doctor before returning to school.
Most rashes are not contagious and no reason to keep your child home. However, rashes such as Chickenpox and impetigo are very contagious and need treatment from their doctor before returning to school.
Conjunctivitis is very contagious. Symptoms include eye redness, irritation, swelling and pus. A child with pinkeye should stay home until they have been on treatment for 24 hours.
A child diagnosed with strep throat should remain at home for at least 24 hours after starting treatment. Also, remember to change their toothbrush after starting treatment.