Sick Child Guidelines
One of the problems most often faced by parents of school age children happens when a child complains of not feeling well on a school day. This set of guidelines may help parents decide when they can send their child to school.
A child with a severe cold and hacking cough should remain home and rest even though they may not have a fever. If your child complains of a sore throat and has no other symptoms he/she may go to school. If white spots can be seen in the back of the throat or if fever is present, keep the child home and call your physician.
Contact your physician if your child has a stomach ache which is persistent or severe enough to limit his activity. If vomiting occurs, keep your child home until he/she can keep solid food down. A child with diarrhea should be kept home. Contact your physician if prompt improvement does not occur.
A fever is a warning that all is not right. No child with a fever of 100 degrees should be sent to school. Do not allow a child to return to school until he/she has been free of fever for 24 hours.
A rash may be the first sign of one of childhood's many illnesses, such as chicken pox. A rash may cover the entire body or may appear in only one area. Do not send your child with a rash to school until your physician has said it is safe to do so.
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A child whose only complaint is headache usually need not be kept at home. Over-the-counter medication can be given at school with parent permission.
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