When To Keep Your Sick Child Home

Boy measuring fever

Whether your child is sniffling, coughing or complaining of a sore throat, there’s a chance they’re contagious. If your child has just come down with symptoms and you’re unsure what the illness is, there are a few things to keep an eye on to determine whether or not your child should go to school or daycare.


When your child has a fever, it’s a sign he or she is fighting the germs that are making them sick. If your child’s fever is 101 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, they should be kept at home until the fever has subsided for at least 24 hours.


Resulting from an infection, food poisoning or antibiotics, diarrhea can lead to dehydration if enough fluids are not consumed. If your child is suffering from diarrhea, he or she should be kept home until their stool is solid.


Another way for your child’s body to rid itself of germs, diarrhea is normally caused by a stomach virus or infection. Keep your child at home if he or she has vomited more than two times in the last 24 hours. He or she should also not return until the symptoms have completely cleared up. 


A serious cough may be symptomatic of whooping cough, viral bronchitis or croup. It may also be a sign of asthma or allergies. Because a cough can be contagious, your child should be kept at home when displaying this symptom.

Sore Throat

If your child has a sore throat, there’s a possibility it’s the common cold or strep throat. For a mild sore throat, it’s OK for your child to go to school; however, if he or she has been diagnosed with strep throat, they should be kept at home for at least 24 hours after starting antibiotics.

If your child is displaying any of the above symptoms, they should see a doctor. Consider Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care for qualified, efficient care. At Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care, our technicians are highly qualified and will treat your child with the utmost care. You can even check in online at medicalcityurgentcare.com!

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

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