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October 25, 2021

Coughing Kids: Send to School or No?

Your child has a cough but it’s a school day and you have to work. What do you do?
On average, a young kids have 6-10 colds per year and they swap viruses with others during winter season.  But how do you know if you should keep your child home for a cough? Plenty of parents struggle with that on school day mornings. Here are quick tips from The Portable Pediatrician: Everything You Need to Know About Your Child’s Health by William and Martha Sears.

KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME IF:

· He has a fever of 101 degrees or higher

·  He has wheezing or shortness of breath during normal activity

·  If his cough disrupts regular activities

·  If he has constant yellow or green drainage from the nose

· If he has an ill appearance or is excessively tired

USE YOUR BEST JUDGMENT IF:

·  His fever is improving: Your child can return to a regular routine once he has been fever free for 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications

·  He has a sporadic cough that interferes minimally with activities

·  If he has congestion, but minimal green or yellow discharge from the nose

SEND HIM TO SCHOOL

·   With a mild, infrequent cough that does not negatively impact daily activities

·   With a clear runny nose

·    If he’s active, playful, and rested

 

 

 

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