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Sick Again- When To Keep Your Child Home From School

Updated on July 20, 2016

Most Common Reasons

Obviously if your child is vomiting profusely, has a fever so high they are seeing purple polka dots and is not sure if you are real or imagined, keep them home!!! But what if their oral temperature reads 99.0 Fahrenheit and they seem their normal selves?

By definition, a fever means 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (oral thermometer). It might be advised to wait 24 hours after your child's fever has broke to send them back to school. As a side note, reaching for Tylenol is not the answer. Yes, it will lower your child's fever. It is the fever though that the body creates on purpose in order to burn off the bacteria or some other pathogen that is detrimental to health. If you can avoid the Tylenol all together, do. Of course, be sure to consult your child's pediatrician with questions.

If your child has constant cramps, watery stools and running for the porcelain throne, keep them home.

If your child has a very bad sore throat, they may have strep. This is contagious and they should be kept home.

If your child if vomiting two (2) or more times within a twenty four hour period, it might be cause to believe it may be more than indigestion or over eating.

-James Goetz (New Jersey)

Pink eye

...school...forget about it!!!

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Head Injuries

Head injuries must be taken very seriously. The most up to date research shows that complete and total inactivity of cognitive function allows the best opportunity for recovery. If your child got a bonk on the head, of course take them to the doctor and pay careful attention if they can concentrate for at least a half hour or if they are vomiting or have headaches.

Absences

How many days a year does your child miss due to being sick?

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Tummy Troubles

Does your child have frequent stomach or headaches? Consider anxiety, caused by a bully, social awkwardness, performance anxiety in class, or something else either in school or going on at home.

Sick Days Are Not Always a Bad Thing

It's Better Not To Share

Knowing if your child is contagious is not simple task. While inhaling the germs of your child and see if you get sick may work in understanding this, it may not be the best of ideas. Viruses can remain contagious for a couple of days after your child feels better and as long as even ten days. Washing of hands properly and frequently with soap and warm water is still one of the best prevention techniques to contraction.

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When in Doubt

While I totally get that you may have work and other personal and professional obligations, your child is ALWAYS number one. If you are unsure, use your parental expertise and err on the side of caution. Unfortunately there is no manual on how to be a parent. All we can do is keep up to date on the research, keep an open mind and do what we know works.

Good luck and blessings in health!

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