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Guidelines- When to Keep your Child at Home or Send to School

  • One of the problems most often confronting school-age children occurs when a child complains of not feeling well on a school day. A decision must be made as to whether or not the child goes to school. What do you do? How do you make the right decision? You don't want to keep him home sick if he's not sick, but you don't want to send a sick child to school. Some guidelines to consider at times like this are:

    FEVER: Fever is a warning that all is not right with the body. No child with a temperature of 100 degrees F or more should go to school. DO NOT SEND THE CHILD TO SCHOOL UNTIL THEY HAVE BEEN FREE OF FEVER FOR 24 HOURS WITHOUT THE HELP OF MEDICINE.

    COMMON COLD: Children with heavy cold symptoms and hacking coughs should remain at home.

    SORE THROAT: A child with a sore throat but without other symptoms may attend school, but if white spots can be seen or fever is present, keep the child home and contact your doctor.

    RASHES: Do not send a child to school if they have a rash unless your doctor indicates it is safe to do so.

    VOMITING AND DIARRHEA: Keep home and consult your doctor if the stomach ache persists or it is severe.

    TOOTHACHE: Seek doctor's advice as soon as possible.

    EARACHE: Contact your doctor without delay.

    HEADACHE: If there are no other symptoms, the child usually need not stay home.