October 24, 2014

Medina
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38°F

When to Send a Child to School v.s. When It’s Best to Keep Them Home

By Jeannie Bunch, RN, BSN,

Medina County Health Department, Public Health Nursing Supervisor

 

sickIt’s cold and flu season once again. Parents often ask, “When should I keep my child home from school?” or “When is it OK to send them back?” Here are a few guidelines that may help you make the decision.

Keep them home if they have:

• Fever over 100°F

• Vomiting

• Diarrhea

• Persistent pain

(ear, stomach)

• Widespread rash

• Pink eye

They can return to school:

• 24-hours after treatment for pink eye.

• When a cough with thick or constant nasal drainage is no longer persistent.

• 24-hours after the last episode of diarrhea without the use of medication.

• When they are fever free for 24-hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.

• 24-hours after the first treatment for impetigo. Sores should be covered.

• 24-hours after the first treatment for ring worm. The affected area should be covered.

• 24-hours after the first treatment for strep throat and fever-free for 24-hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.

• 24-hours after the last episode of vomiting without the use of medication.

If you decide that your child is well enough to go to school, call the school first. Most child care centers, preschools, and grade schools have rules about when to keep kids home. Also keep in mind that some schools require a physicians note and treatment in order to return to school.

While all children are bound to get sick once in a while, keeping your child up to date on their immunizations can help reduce their chance of contracting a serious illnesses. To obtain a full list of required school immunizations or to schedule an immunization appointment, contact the Medina County Health Department at 330-723-9688 or 1-888-723-9688 (option1)for Health Services.

 

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