Published on September 13th, 2016 | by SOMDParents0
Sick Days: Should I Send Them to School?
It’s that time of year again. The kids are back at school, the weather is turning and can change pretty dramatically throughout the day, and germs are lurking around every corner. Here are a few rules of thumb to keep in mind when your child wakes up feeling under the weather.
Children average 3 to 8 colds per year. This statistic can rise to 10 if they attend school/day care.
Cold + Cough: Your child may attend school/child care as long as there is no fever. If cold and cough symptoms are associated with a fever or the symptoms do not improve in several days, call the doctor. A sore throat, with a fever and swollen glands, could mean strep throat. Children with strep throat who do not have fevers can generally return to school/care after 24 hours on antibiotics.
Red Eyes: If the white part of the eye appears red and produces a clear, white, or green crusty discharge: your child may have Conjunctivitis. Call your doctor if there is discharge and keep your child home. Conjunctivitis is highly contagious. Your child may return to care after 24 hours of treatment. If your child’s eyes are watering, there is no need to keep them home as long as there is no rash or fever. Give your child a separate towel and washcloth to avoid cross-contamination.
Fever: Your child should not attend child care with a fever. Fevers are usually a sign of infection. Make sure that you have a thermometer at home and can take your child’s temperature. You should consult your doctor if your child’s temperature is 100 degrees or more or is associated with other symptoms.
Rash: A rash may be due to a virus or may be a reaction to a medication or chemical (plant, detergents). If your child has a rash that you do not recognize or if the rash is associated with a fever, contact your doctor. Keep your child home until you have discussed it with a doctor.
Earache: Your child may have an ear infection. To relieve pain, give your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen as recommended by a doctor. If your child does not have a fever or is not in severe pain, they may attend school/child care.
Toothache: A toothache can be some of the worst pain to experience. Call your doctor immediately as the pain could be a sign of infection.
Headache: Headaches can really interrupt your child’s focus at school. A child should be kept home if headaches are severe and do not respond to acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Stomachache, vomiting, diarrhea: A child with persistent abdominal pain continuing more than two hours or intermittent pain along with a fever or other symptoms should see a doctor. A child with vomiting or diarrhea should be kept home for 24 hours after symptoms have resolved and the child is able to keep down food and liquids.
If you think your child is in danger, take them to the doctor or hospital immediately.