Question: How do you decide if your child is too sick for school?
It may be one of the hardest decisions of your day – when should you keep your child home from school or daycare. Pediatrician Dr. Kimberly Albert with The Austin Diagnostic Clinic Cedar Park shares some advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP.org) and her own years of practice.
Look for these signs and ask yourself these questions:
When should I see a doctor?If your child becomes lethargic, fever lasts more than 3-4 days or fever that last less than 2 days without any other symptoms, breathing difficulties, vomiting lasting longer than 48 hours, no urine output for more than 6-8 hours or symptoms increase then see your pediatrician.
When can my child return to school?
In general, your child may return to school if they are fever-free for 24 hours without medication; are eating and drinking normally; symptoms have subsided and they feel well enough to participate in school.
Keeping them healthy all year
The most important thing you can do to keep your child healthy is to keep their immunizations up to date. Practice good hygiene by washing hands often; make healthy food choices to keep their bodies strong, and make sure your kids are getting adequate sleep!
Kimberly Albert, MD is a board-certified pediatrician at ADC Cedar Park, 1401 Medical Parkway, Building C, Suite 150. She joined ADC in 1998 and has cared for thousands of Central Texas children in her practice. For more information about Dr. Albert, Pediatrics or The Austin Diagnostic Clinic visit ADClinic.com or call 512-901-1111.