When to keep a child home for illness
It can be hard to know when to send children to school if they tell you that they do not feel well. Usually, the best place for them is in school, but there are some times when keeping them home to rest or a call to your health care provider is recommended.
School Health NY recommends that you please keep your child home and/or contact your child’s doctor for:
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
- Severe sore throat along with fever or after exposure to Strep throat infection
- Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth or rash on other body parts
- Large amounts of drainage from their nose, with face pain or headache
- Severe ear pain or fluid coming from the ear
- Severe headache, especially with fever
- Severe cough, especially with muscle aches, fatigue, or other noted symptoms above
Please keep children home for 24 hours after a fever ends without the use of fever reducing medication or for 24 hours after starting an antibiotic.
If your child has a fever, it is not a good idea to give them medicine like Tylenol or Advil and send them to school because they may be contagious. The fever may return and you will be called to come and pick up your child.