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Child Care: When to Keep Your Child at Home - Topic Overview

Your child should not attend child care if he or she is too ill to participate in the regular program activities or requires more care than staff members are able to provide. Talk to your doctor before allowing your child who has been ill to attend group care. Get assurance that the condition is not contagious or serious.

Keep your child at home when he or she has the following symptoms or conditions:1

  • Fever, irritability, lack of energy, trouble breathing, persistent crying, rash with fever or behavioral change, or other signs of severe illness
  • Diarrhea or stools that contain blood or mucus
  • Belly pain for 2 or more hours
  • Vomiting two or more times within the past 24 hours (unless it is from a noncontagious disease and the child is not at risk for dehydration)
  • Mouth sores (until they are crusted and dry)

Keep a child who has been diagnosed with any of the following diseases out of group care until a doctor tells you it is safe:1

Immunizing your child can help prevent some of these diseases as well as others not listed.

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Last Updated: September 14, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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