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Notes from Nurse Angie

Should I keep my child home from school?

Its 6.00 on Monday morning, your child starts crying that he doesn't want to go to school, "I don't feel good." The next question is.  Do I send him to school or keep him home.  Here are some guidelines than might help:

1.        Take your child's temperature. A temperature of 100.5 or over needs to stay at home until the fever is gone for at least 24 hours.  Please do not give a fever reducer then send him to school this will almost guarantee a call from school when the medicine wears off, as well as exposing others.

2.        If your child is complaining of severe sore throat, swelling in lymph nodes, or fever contact your pediatrician.  If diagnosed with strep throat he should be on antibiotics for 24 hours before return to school.

3.        If your child's eye is red with cloudy drainage, matted eyelids, eye pain, or itching please contact your pediatrician. If diagnosed with pink eye he may return to school after being treated for 24 hours.

4.        If your child has a cough that is productive, has fever, or trouble breathing, keep him home from school. Then arrange to have him seen by his pediatrician.

5.        If your child is vomiting he needs to stay at home.  He will be able to return to school once the symptoms have stopped and he can tolerate a regular diet.

6.        If your child has diarrhea, he should stay at home.  If he is having fever, bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, or vomiting you need to contact your pediatrician.

It is sometimes hard to tell if your child is sick.  I have just touched on the major illnesses that I have seen.  Remember you can always take him to school if he starts to feel better.   If you have any questions regarding your child's health please contact me or your pediatrician.  Thank you for letting me care for your children.


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