Stay or Go? When to Keep Your Child Home from School

It’s a decision every parent faces regularly: whether or not to keep a sick child home from school. It can be a complicated decision, especially if you are not sure what qualifies as “too sick for school.” If your child is not feeling well, your physician is the best person to consult about whether he or she can go to school. In general, parents should keep children home if they have any of the following symptoms or illnesses:

  • Fever (any temperature of 100.4° Fahrenheit)
  • Severe cough and cold
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Pink eye (eye redness, irritation, swelling and drainage)
  • Flu like symptoms (low energy, headache, etc.)

If you’re on the fence about whether or not to send your child to school, always consult with your child’s pediatrician. Lovelace Medical Group is now offering pediatric services. Call 505.727.2727 to schedule a same day or next day appointments.