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A NOTE FROM OUR NURSE ~ January 2018


When to Keep Your Sick Child Home from School
It can be difficult to decide when your child is too sick for school. Common sense, concern for your child’s well-being and the possibility of infecting classmates should all contribute to the decision. If your child is so uncomfortable that they wouldn’t be able to get anything out of school, it is better to keep them home. Children with colds, mild coughs and mild sore throats should attend school as long as the symptoms aren’t severe enough to keep them from participating. Students may attend school with strep throat after being on antibiotics for 24 hours as long as they are fever free and comfortable. Students with ear infections should attend school unless they are too uncomfortable to do so.
Please keep your child home with:
-Fever (temperature of 100 or greater): Your child should be fever free for 24 hours off of fever reducing medications such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin/Advil (ibuprofen) before they return to school.
-Vomiting or diarrhea: Your child should remain home until clear of these symptoms for 24 hours.
-Pain: Your child should remain at home if they are experiencing any significant pain.
-Persistent coughing
-Sore throat that makes it difficult to swallow or one that lasts longer than 2 days
-Significantly reddened eyes, eyes that are sticky upon awakening or eyes with discharge
-Rash that is not related to an allergy
-Flu symptoms such as sudden onset of fever, body aches, chills, headache and fatigue If your child experiences flu-like symptoms, their pediatrician may be able to treat them with anti-viral medication if seen soon enough after the onset of symptoms. Please let the school know if your child tested positive for the flu during the pediatrician visit.
If your child seems to complain of head or stomachaches on Mondays or after long weekends or vacations, they may be avoiding school. If you feel that they are well enough to attend school, you should encourage them to do so and make sure they know that you feel they are well enough to make it through the day. If you tell them to go to the nurse if they aren’t feeling well and you will pick them up, that is likely to happen. Be assured that your child’s teacher will send your child to the nurse if they appear unwell.
Wishing everyone a healthy and happy New Year!

Susan Quigley, RN, NCSN

Januaary 2018 Tiger Times