Sometimes it is difficult to determine whether or not your child is too sick for school. Obviously, a parent’s first consideration should be the advice of the pediatrician or the school’s rules.
To assist parents in their decision-making, the Children’s Hospital of the Kings’ Daughters has compiled a list of considerations for keeping your child at home:
- if your child has a temperature (oral, rectal or underarm) of 100ᵒF or more during the past hours
- if your child has a persistent heavy nasal discharge
- if your child has skin eruptions or an undiagnosed rash
- if your child has redness of the eyelid linings or an irritation of the eyes followed by swelling or discharge
- if your child is vomiting
- if your child has different or rapid breathing
- if your child has diarrhea (more than one abnormally loose stool in a 24-hour period)
- if your child is unusually fussy, cranky, not acting like herself and you don’t know why
- if your child has a communicable condition, such as chicken pox, conjunctivitis, German measles, measles, mumps, strep throat, etc.
You can consider allowing your child to return to school:
- if your child’s cold has subsided
- if your child has been without a fever for 24 hours without medication
- if your child has a doctor’s note saying he is not contagious and is fever-free
- if your child is safely past the incubation period of a communicable illness to which he has been exposed
Remember, fresh air, sunshine and exercise are generally good for children recovering from illnesses, but heavy exercise, overheating and extreme hot or cold weather should be avoided until they are back to 100%.
Finally, your child’s pediatrician should be your primary source of advice about your child’s health.