When To Keep Your Child Home

September 6, 2006

My son started school on Thursday, August 30th. The following Monday, he was off for Labor Day. It is now Wednesday. Yesterday, he came home with a letter from the school, informing parents that there has been an outbreak of: Pinkeye AND lice. Lovely.

In surfing the internet, I came across this article with a Health Tip of when you should leave your child at home.

If your child has a fever of 100 degrees or higher, you should not send him to day care. He should stay home until he has not had a fever for at least 24 hours.

If other children at the day-care center have contagious illnesses such as strep throat, chickenpox or pinkeye, keep him home to avoid exposing him to these germs.

Keep your child home for one to two days if he has been prescribed antibiotics.

Don’t send your child to day care if he is vomiting or has diarrhea.

If your child won’t eat or drink, has a dry mouth, sunken eyes, unusual crying, weakness or fatigue, take him to a doctor to see if he has a contagious illness or infection.

Personally, I think these are pretty obvious. When I was growing up, we weren’t allowed to stay home unless we were burning up in fever, couldn’t keep anything down, AND were coughing up a lung. Now, if one of my kids tell me that they would like a day off (which doesn’t happen that often), I am only too happy to oblige.

When do you keep you child home??