It seems everyone around us is coughing and sneezing this time of year and kids are often the first to get sick. It can be tough to determine if they are too sick to go to school.
Dr. Katy Stordahl with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital says most school districts require your child to be symptom-free for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
She says if your child has a fever greater than 100.4, he or she should stay home from school until the child is fever free without fever-reducing medicines for at least 24 hours. Your child should also stay home if he or she is vomiting or has diarrhea. Not only could your child have something contagious, but he or she is also prone to dehydration and feeling too poorly to do well in school.
If your child has an undiagnosed rash, the child should stay home from school. While some rashes are mild and don’t require a visit to the doctor, many viruses that cause rashes can be contagious.
Pink eye is highly contagious and means your child needs to stay home. Most schools have a policy that a child can return to school 24 hours after starting antibiotic drugs.
Generally, you know your child best. If he or she is not acting well and it’s affecting their everyday activities, they should probably take a day to rest up and return to school when they feel better.