Sick Daze: Staying Healthy in School

When to Keep Kids Home

boy looking at germ display

Annie Nicholas

You hate for your child to miss school unless it's absolutely necessary. But you also don't want her to be responsible for infecting the whole class. If your child has a dry cough or a runny nose (or has been treated for lice), it's probably okay to send her in. But hold on to her if she:

--is vomiting or has diarrhea.

--has had a fever above 100.1?F within the past 24 hours.

--has an unexplained rash, which could be a sign of chicken pox, a virus, or another infection, and you haven't seen a doctor yet.

--has a severe cough, which could be a sign of whooping cough.

Originally published in the September 2012 issue of Parents magazine.

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