April 20, 2014
When should I keep my child home?
Below are some general guidelines regarding common childhood complaints. If you need additional information feel free to contact me or your Health care Professional.

FEVER A fever is a warning that all is not right with the body. The best way to check for fever is with a thermometer, which every home should have. No child with a temperature over 100 should be sent to school. When no thermometer is available, check the child's forehead with the back of the hand. If it is hot, keep the child home until the temperature can be checked with a thermometer. Do not send your child back to school until his/her temperature is normal for 24 hours (without medication such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen).

The common cold presents frequent problems for parents. A child with a "mild" cold, but otherwise feeling well may go to school. A child with a "heavy" cold and a deep or hacking cough belongs home, even if he has no fever. If your child complains of a sore throat and has no other symptoms, he may go to school. If white or red spots can be seen in the back of the throat, or if a fever is present, keep him home and call your doctor. Please call and let us know if your child has Strep Throat.

RASH A rash may be the first sign of one of childhood's many illnesses, such as chickenpox or Fifth Disease. A rash or spots may cover the entire body or may appear in only one area. Do not send a child with a rash to school until your doctor has said it is safe to do so. Please call us at school and let us know if your child has Chickenpox, Fifth Disease or other communicable illness.

Consult your doctor if your child has a stomachache which is persistent or severe enough to limit his activity. Keep your child home if he/she has diarrhea or has vomited in the last 24 hours. Children should remain home until normal eating patterns have resumed. Call your doctor if prompt improvement does not occur.

Toothache: Consult your dentist Earache: Consult your doctor Headache: A child whose only complaint is a headache usually does not need to be kept home.