RadioMD: Healthy Children

When to Keep a Sick Child Home from School

February 25, 20159 min
If your child wakes up feeling unwell, you’ll need to decide if they should stay home from school.Your child's not feeling well... so, how do you decide if they should stay home from school or "buck up" and go?Keep him home if he has a fever, rash, or eye discharge, or if he’s vomiting, has diarrhea or a disruptive cough.If your child has minor symptoms such as a runny nose or a slight headache, you can send her to school. But, make sure both she and her school's administration have the correct phone number to reach you during the day in case other symptoms develop and she needs to return home.Additionally, you should consider whether your child is energetic enough to actively participate in class, as well as if he or she may be contagious to other children.Dr. Corinn Cross discusses when to send your kids to school and when keep them home for some good old rest and recovery.

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