When to keep kids home from school.

Bethany - posted on 03/04/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I really struggle with when to keep my kids home from school or activities when they "may be" sick. How do you decide?

Obviously if they are throwing up, high fever, miserable I'd keep them home. For me the challenge lies because my oldest has allergies and is sneezy, coughy, etc almost all year long. I will frequently give her allergy medicine before school. She also has Asthma that flares up into coughs (it's mild). The cough will last FOREVER ~ at least that's how it feels.

My youngest has no allergy or asthma problems and occassionally gets a cough, but hardly nothing else.

Today my youngest has a fever ~ and she had it last night. She's started coughing and so I decided to stay home with her today. My oldest started coughing as well and felt a bit warm so I also kept her home ~ I figure I'm already calling off work, why not. But as they're running around, esp the oldest I'm thinking "She really could have gone to school."

I also think that if they are sick, they probably got it from someone at their school anyway, so the kids are already exposed.

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Cherry - posted on 11/17/2012

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I am with Jessie, When my daughters "may be" sick, they go to school. When they ARE sick they stay home. If they have slept ok and are eating all right, they can go. If they stay home they will just drive me crazy! The school has my number and I know they'll call me if she isn't feeling well. I haven't gotten a phone call yet! And as Bethany said "they probably got it from someone at their school anyway, so the kids are already exposed"!

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My daughter only gets to stay home if she has a fever, is vomitting, or having diarrhea.  She has really bad allergies and had asthma when she was younger, too.  If she stayed home every time she had sniffles or a cough, she would never go to school.  I give her Benadryl, Claritin, or Pedia Care depending on what symptoms she's having and then send her on to school.



If she is home from school though, there is a no TV and no computer games rule in place.  She can play quietly in her room if she feels up to it and we read endless stories, but there is no reward for staying home.

Shana - posted on 03/05/2009

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Hi Bethany! I'm sorry the kiddos are sick. It was so strange, I was browsing this forum and saw the picture of your kids and though, "I know her!" lol



 



Hope they get better soon!

Joy - posted on 03/05/2009

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When I keep my children home is if they have a fever, throwing up, or diareha. My children are 12 and 9 and they try to pull the I don't feel good and are tolaly fine. So I have made it perfectly clear that they have to be doing what I said before. Hope this helps. Good luck and God bless.

Lisa - posted on 03/04/2009

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We just had that problem this morning....my youngest (who's 4) had some diarrhea so I kept her home but after one dose of Kaopectate she was fine....running around and acting crazy so I told her no missing school again this week....I was just afraid that she might have an accident if I sent her to school....but for the most part my kids have to be pretty sick to stay home cause a cold is not going to hurt them but if they are throwing up and have fevers it usually pretty serious so I keep them home

Amber - posted on 03/04/2009

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I agree with Jessi.  But sometimes I have done the same as you because there has been an incident when the school did not call me and when I picked her up that afternoon she threw up all over the car on the way home and said she told her teacher, teacher sent her to the nurse, nurse felt her head and sent her back to class.  They call now, EVERY time!  I was so mad!  But there was an incident also where my oldest stayed home with a headache and did not feel sick, but by 11 she was running and playing so off to school she went.  I took her in late. 

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Quoting Jessi:



When my daughter "may be" sick, she goes to school.  When she IS sick she stays home.  If she gets up in the morning and is a little warm but eats her breakfast just fine, I give her motrin and send her off.  The school has my number and I know they'll call me if she isn't feeling well.  I haven't gotten a phone call yet!





Yeppers for our house too!

Jessi - posted on 03/04/2009

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When my daughter "may be" sick, she goes to school.  When she IS sick she stays home.  If she gets up in the morning and is a little warm but eats her breakfast just fine, I give her motrin and send her off.  The school has my number and I know they'll call me if she isn't feeling well.  I haven't gotten a phone call yet!

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