Can My Child Go to Daycare or Preschool If He Has a Cold?
That really depends on how sick he is. If your child just has a runny nose and a slight cough but otherwise seems well enough to participate in class activities, let him go. But if he lacks the energy or feels too miserable to participate at school, then he should stay home and recuperate. A child should also be kept home if he has a fever. "That's when he tends to be most contagious, and you want to prevent the spread of infection," Dr. Jana says. A general rule of thumb: A child can return to school or daycare once he's been fever free for 24 hours.