KIDS HEALTH – WHEN TO KEEP THEM OUT OF SCHOOL

Fever, vomiting and other signs your child is too sick for school
Between colds, coughs and stomach bugs, kids get sick frequently. So when symptoms like a runny nose or stomach pain hit, it may be difficult to decide when you should keep your child home from daycare or school.
Sometimes it’s obvious when kids need to stay home, like when they have a fever, But many times children’s symptoms fall into a gray area that gives parents pause.”
Most schools, nursery and day care have their own guidelines about when to keep a child home. You should become familiar with your school’s fever and sick day policy as it may be narrower than what physicians recommend. While school and daycare rules may not always feel convenient, it’s important to remember that they are in place to keep your child healthy.

Is my child too sick for school?
In general, you should keep your child home from school or daycare when they have any of the following symptoms or illnesses:
A Fever of over 100.4 or higher
Diarrhea
Vomiting
Certain illnesses and rashes like chickenpox, measles or  foot and mouth disease.

A health care provider or school nurse can help you distinguish those illnesses and when your child is no longer contagious. Parents might be surprised to learn that a diagnosis of head lice is not a reason to stay home from school.

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