A sniffle. A cough. A sore throat. Children come down with illnesses big and small. Some are contagious, some are not. How do you know when to keep your child home from school?
3 Questions to Ask About Your Sick Child
To know whether your child should stay home while he’s sick, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests you answer these three quick questions:
- Does your child have a fever? Fevers of 101 F or more are generally a sign of illness, so children should stay home from school.
- Is your child well enough to participate in class? If ill kids seem too run down to get much out of school, keep them home.
- Do you think your child has an illness like the flu or pinkeye? If so, keep them at home until they're no longer contagious.