Is your child too sick to go to school?

Filed under: Ages 10-14, Ages 3-5, Ages 5-8, Ages 8-9 — Tags: cold, diarrhea, fever, home, illness, school, sick, sore throat, stomachache, vomiting — Mary @ 7:24 pm
Most schools have policies about sending your children in when they’re sick. Please abide by them. If you aren’t sure how to interpret those policies, print out this checklist of when NOT to send your child to school:Is your child too sick to go to school?

Fever
If your child has a temperature over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, keep him home. He’s probably too sick to do sit through six hours of school, and he may be contagious.

Throat
If your child has a sore throat as well as a fever, headache, stomachache or swollen glands, don’t send him to school. It could be strep.

Vomit
Your child should stay home if he has thrown up more than once in the last 24 hours.

Eyes
If it looks like the highly contagious pinkeye, don’t send your child to school. Symptoms include bright red eyes that get stuck shut and have an ugly discharge. He’ll need an antibiotic.

Stomachache
A stomachache is a child’s favorite stay-home-from-school excuse, and that’s just what he should do if it’s accompanied by vomiting, fever or a tummy that feels hard.

Diarrhea
Do not send your child to school if he’s had more than two episodes of watery bowel movements in the last 24 hours. He may have an infection.

Cold
Colds can really run a kid down. If he has a runny nose, plus a persistent cough and tiredness, keep him home. Ditto if the cold is accompanied by a fever.

You know your kid. If he has any of the above symptoms, keep him home and have him checked by a doctor.

Check out Airbourne Contagions for a fun take on the subject.

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