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Friday, February 10, 2017
Too Sick to Go to Child Care?
Deciding whether a mildly ill child can go to child care or school is difficult. What may have been just a tummy ache in the morning could lead to vomiting and diarrhea later in the day. Parents usually make good decisions. However, work obligations sometimes do get in the way, making it hard for the parent to keep the child home.It can sometimes be a complicated decision. However, child care and school personnel also have the final say on whether the child is too sick to attend child care or school.
Do you wonder if your child is too sick to go to preschool or child care?
Here are some things to keep in mind.
On average, a child catches 6–8 colds per year. If he is over 4 months old, there is no
need to keep him home with sniffles or congestion—as long as his temperature is lower than
100 degrees and he has no other signs of illness.
Vomiting or diarrhea.
Keep your child home. Call the doctor if these problems persist or your child seems dehydrated. She can go back to child care when she can drink liquids without problems—at least 24 hours after the last time she vomits, and at least 12 hours after the last time she has diarrhea.
Stomachache, headache, earache, toothache.
Observe your child. If he is in severe pain, call his doctor immediately. If he doesn't look or act sick, try gentle encouragement (like reminding him of something fun he will be doing that day). Call his doctor if he complains of pain frequently, his pain persists, or you're unsure he is ill.
Conjunctivitis ("pinkeye") or strep throat.
Your child should stay home until she has been on an antibiotic for 24 hours and has no fever. Red "bloodshot" eyes and yellow or greenish discharge from the eyes are signs that she should see a doctor. If she has a bad sore throat or a sore throat and a fever, she should be tested for strep at the doctor's office.
You don't need to keep your child home for a minor diaper or heat rash. If he has
an unusual rash with fever or acts unwell, see a doctor before sending him to child care or
school. A child with impetigo (a skin infection characterized by blisters that itch) should stay
home for 24 hours after starting to take antibiotics. Cover any remaining blisters or scaling
with a bandage or dressing when he returns to child care.
Ask about your caregiver's or program's policies on sick children before enrolling your
child. By law, Illinois child care providers must screen children for obvious signs of illness
each day. State guidelines help these providers determine whether a child should be sent
Plan ahead. You may need to stay home or find a relative or trusted friend who will stay
with the child on short notice.
In general, keep your child home if he is not well enough to take part in the usual class
activities or might infect others. Ask your health care provider if you are unsure.
The opinions, resources, and referrals provided in this article are intended for information purposes only. Nothing in the article should be considered or used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. We advise parents to seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health care provider with questions regarding their child's health or medical care.