When is it ok to send my child back to school after an illness?
Real Mom Problem
“She's over the stomach flu now, but she does still cough randomly through the night and she coughs in bouts all day The school nurse said that it's up to my personal judgement whether I should keep her home or send her back to school. I hate the idea of getting other kids sick...but this cough may also last another week or two...who knows!”
- 1. Most schools require children be fever-free for at least 24 hours before returning. Make sure you know your school's policy
- 2. Always consult your pediatrician if you're unsure how to proceed with your child's illness
Real Mom Solutions
Are you unsure if it's safe to send your child back to school after he or she has been ill? Take the advice of these moms who have dealt with a similar dilemma.
My daughter doesn't usually doesn't get sick without a fever, so I've never had to determine whether or not to send her to school with a runny nose/cough only. That being said, she returns to school when her fever has been gone for 12-24 hours (for example, if she has a fever at night before bed, she stays home from school the next day.)
Fever/vomit/diarrhea free for 24 hours before going back to school.
Here you have to have a temperature lower than 100 for at least 24 hours before you can go back to school. Sending her to school is only going to spread the germs to the other kids and then when she is feeling better, she will get it again, from some other kids that came to school before they were better. It is a vicious cycle!
Fever, vomiting, diarrhea and lice are the only times our county policy allows for kids to stay home. My daughter had strep throat and had to stay home until she had at least a full day's worth of antibiotics in her before she was released back to school. She missed three days because of it.
If my kids are feeling OK, I send them back to school. With strep I wait until 24 hours after they start the antibiotics.