Should your child stay home?

Trying to figure out whether your child should go to school/daycare or not?  Here are a few guidelines that will help you decide:

Fever:  If your child is running fever, they should probably stay at home.  The child must be fever free for at least 24 hours before returning to school or daycare. 

Uncontrolled Coughing:  If you child has been up all night coughing, they are probably too tired to participate in school activities.

Strep Throat:  The child must stay home until 24 hours after starting antibiotic and fever has ended.

Vomiting/Diarrhea:  If your child has had 2 or more episodes of either in the last 24 hours, they should probably stay at home.  If the child has
done either of these once, it is probably just a fluke, but I wouldn’t chance it.

Rash:  If you child has any type of rash, especially associated with fever, you should not send them to school.  They might be contagious.

Pinkeye:  If you child has a thick discharge from the eye, this is probably pink eye, which is highly contagious.  You do not want to send you child to school until after treatment is started.

Lice:  Any child with lice needs to stay at home until treated and completely free of lice.

Doctors may provide an exception in some cases, such as fever, tiredness, irritability, uncontrolled coughing, and other possible signs of severe illness.

Parents must tell their daycare provider within 24 hours if the child has strep throat or related conditions or any contagious condition.