Scenario: You’re at work and your child calls you 30 minutes before school starts and asks if he can stay home from school because he doesn’t feel good. You start to think: How sick could he be?
That’s an interesting thought. When should you keep your child at home and when should you allow them to attend school? Parents Magazine has identified seven questions that will assist anyone in determining whether a child is too sick for school, or well enough to go.
Does your child…
Have a fever over 100.4˚F? Yes: Keep him/her home; No: Read on.
Starting antibiotics for a contagious illness? Yes: Keep him/her home; No: Read on.
Vomiting or have diarrhea? Yes: Keep him/her home; No: Read on.
Not eating and drinking normally? Yes: Keep him/her home; No: Read on.
Too tired or ill to play? Yes: Keep him/her home; No: Read on.
Show any signs of pinkeye, strep throat, or a contagious illness other than a mild cold? Yes: Keep him/her home; No: Read on.
If you saw a child who looked as sick as yours, would you wish his parents had kept him home? Yes: Keep him/her home; No: He/she is going to school.
If your child does go to school ask his teacher or caregiver to call you if his condition worsens. If he stays home, check with your doctor to find out when to send him back. In a time of fast-traveling germs, it’s necessary to keep track of your child’s health to ensure they aren’t passing any illness to their friends and teachers.
For more information on fighting winter bugs, go to parents.com/coldflu.
Thanks to C&M Intern Jeri Moore for this post.