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When is my child too sick for school?

October 19, 2019


I’m Kelli Warner. It’s cold and flu
season, and that means your kids are more likely to be exposed to germs that cause
illness. When should you keep sick kids home, and when is it ok to send them to
school? Fall and winter time mean one thing to pediatricians: they will be
seeing more sick children over the next several months and that begs the
question: when should children who were under the weather
stay home from school or daycare? You really mostly want your children to go
to school so that they’re learning and they’re with their peers, however there
are some times that kids really should stay out of daycare or school, and that
includes when they have a fever. Anything over 100 point 4. And remember, that’s
really the definition of fever. So 99 doesn’t count. Send a kid to school with
a 99. But if it’s a hundred point 4 or higher, they should stay out of school
until they are fever free without fever reducing medicine. In addition to
fever, kids should be kept home if they have thrown up two or more times in the
previous 24 hours unless it’s been determined that their vomiting was
caused by a non-communicable, non- infectious condition and the child is
not in danger of dehydration. Keep small children home if they have diarrhea that
cannot be contained by a diaper or diarrhea that’s causing your older child
to have accidents. Another cause for concern is abdominal pain that continues
for more than two hours or intermittent abdominal pain associated with fever or
other signs or symptoms. They should stay home if they have a variety of
communicable diseases like strep throat, if they haven’t been on antibiotics for
24 hours, or if they have whooping cough. So things like that are better
to discuss with your doctor. Dr. Bradshaw says it is not necessary for kids to
stay home if they have a runny nose or a cough. Teach them to wash their hands
after blowing their nose and to cough into the crook of their elbow – not into
their hands. To help lessen the spread of illness, make sure your kids are
up-to-date on their vaccinations and they’ve been immunized against influenza.
For more information, head to eugenepeds.com/healthykids. I’m Kelli Warner.

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