It is not easy for any parent to feel 100% confident when making the decision to send their sick child to school or keep them home for the day. It is especially difficult for me as a working mom. On one hand I want to make sure I put my child first and do what is best for him. On the other hand, let’s face it, if I am staying home with my sick child, I will undoubtedly miss an important meeting at work. I also don’t want my son to miss an important lesson at school if he is healthy enough to attend. These general rules for when to send your sick child to school help you make the decision based on the facts and not the working parent guilt.
Keep the puke and poop at home. Your child is not going to have a successful day at school if they are running to the bathroom with diarrhea all day. Likewise, it is never pleasant to vomit during class. Keep your child home if they have vomited more than twice in the past 24 hours and until their poop is solid.
Can you send your children to school if they have a fever? If your child has a low grade fever under 101 degrees Fahrenheit it is okay to give them some medicine and send them to school. When your child has a fever of 101 degrees or above, you should keep them home from school. A fever this high indicates their body is fighting off germs.
Are the boogers projectile? When your child has a runny nose it could go either way. If your kid is coughing and sneezing then they will probably be spreading germs to their classmates. Don’t be the mom that sends her contagious child to school to infect the rest of the class. When your kid’s boogers are easily managed with tissues then go ahead and send them to school.
Can your child go to school with a rash? Not all rashes are created equal. If your child has a contagious rash you should keep them home. When you send your child to school with a non-contagious rash make sure you let their teacher know what the rash is from so they feel comfortable. The best way to figure out whether your child’s rash is contagious or not is to have it checked by their pediatrician.
Is your child feeling well enough to learn? The bottom line is that your child goes to school to learn. If they don’t feel well enough to concentrate and learn at school, chances are they are better staying at home and resting.
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