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Nurse Angie Long

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Nurse Angie Long
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Should I keep my child home from school?

Its 6:00 on Monday morning, your child starts crying that he doesn't want to go to school and doesn't feel good.  Do I send him to school or keep him at home?  Here are some guidelines than might help:

1.        Take your child's temperature. A child with a temperature of 100.5 or above needs to stay at home until the fever is gone for at least 24 hours without medicine.  You may also contact your child's pediatrician if necessary.

2.        If your child is complaining of severe sore throat, swelling in lymph nodes, or fever contact your child's pediatrician.  If diagnosed with strep throat he should be on antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school.

3.        If your child's eye is red with cloudy drainage, matted eyelids, eye pain, or itching please contact your child's pediatrician. If diagnosed with pink eye, he should be on antibiotic eye drops for 24 hours before returning to school. 

4.        If your child has a cough that is productive, has fever, or trouble breathing, please contact your child's pediatrician. He may return to school under the guidance of the pediatrician.

5.        If your child is vomiting or having diarrhea, he needs to stay at home. Also, contact your child's pediatrician if necessary.  He can return to school when he has not vomited or had diarrhea for 24 hours.

It is sometimes hard to tell if your child is sick.  I have just touched on the major illnesses that I have seen.  If you have any questions regarding your child's health, please contact me or your child's pediatrician.  Thank you for letting me care for your children.
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