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How To Know If Your Child Should Stay Home From School

By Edited Oct 19, 2016 3 3

Sometimes it'€™s difficult to determine whether your child should stay home from school. Many times your child's symptoms leave you a little on the fence. It becomes a coin toss in your head. Do you send them to school and hope they are ok or do you keep them home? it is definitely more difficult to decide with certain children because they look for any excuse to stay home, but if you have a child that generally looks forward to going to school, the decision is a little easier.

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The first symptom to look for is a fever. If your child has a fever of 100° or higher, keep your child home. Your child should be fever free for 24 hours before they return to school.

If your child has an upset stomach, vomiting or diarrhea, keep the child home from school. Those €œaccidents€ are very embarrassing and can follow your child through school in the form of, € remember when so and so threw up on their desk or pooped their pants." Only you know your child and only you can determine if they are faking an upset stomach, but if the evidence of symptoms is present, keep your child home.

If your child has cold or flu symptoms such as a cough, congestion, runny nose especially with the discharge from the nose being yellow or green, they need to stay home. Your child should also see a doctor to determine if the illness is a cold or flu and prescribe the correct medication to get him/her back to school.

If your child has a sore throat, your child should stay home. Your child should also see the doctor to be sure he/she doesn't have strep throat or tonsillitis.

If your child has any sort of rash, he/she should stay home from school. This also requires a visit to the doctor.

If your child is complaining of an earache, your child should stay home. Ear aches and ear infections are very painful. The child should be seen by a doctor.

If your child has redness to and near their eye, eye is crusty upon awakening any discharge from the eye or pink eye, your child should stay home from school and be evaluated by their doctor.

If your child isn'€™t feeling well, please keep them home to stop the spread of colds, flu and other germs. Please keep other children and teachers in mind when you are making the decision whether to send your child to school. It'€™s really not fair for your child, other children in the school or their teacher to have to be in school on a day when your child is sick.

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Sep 3, 2009 3:45pm
Good tips, so many times I've seen kids sent to school when they should be home in bed.
Sep 9, 2009 8:08pm
Good ways to determine if children should stay home from school.
Sep 10, 2009 12:57pm
Great information on when a child should stay home from school.
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