When should I keep my child home?

How do you know when your child is sick??

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:

  • Diarrhea and/or vomiting within the prior 24 hour period.  (If your child has diarrhea and is vomitting 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.
  • Fever that is more than 100 degrees F taken by mouth or ear. (Your child should be without a fever for a full 24 hours without the use of medication before returning to school).
  • Earache that is severe and persistent.
  • Redness in the white of eyes, yellow discharge and matted eye lashes. (This is suggestive of pink eye/conjunctivitis).
  • Rashes with blisters, oozing and painful.

A good question to ask yourself as a parent is "Would I want my child to sit next to a child with these symptoms?"