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If the child is sick, can he attend school? Good question. Hundreds of parents have asked me this question throughout my professional practice, and it is not easy to answer, because diseases do not follow any mathematical law, and are somewhat unpredictable.
Furthermore, many of our diagnoses are "empirical" and not of certainty. A clinical syndrome can be as broad as an upper respiratory infection, and this in turn is due to germs as different as the innocent and transient rhinovirus, or the more long-lasting adenovirus.
Parents are often worried that they find it difficult to miss work, and they have no one to stay with the child.. Some parents choose to take vacation days to care for their child, or turn to the help of grandparents. Another percentage of parents administer an antipyretic to their child and send him to school or nursery school, but with a certain sense of guilt. Today we answer one of the most frequent questions about this: if the child is sick, can he attend school?
The first piece of advice to give is to apply common sense. That is, if the child has not slept all night, for example, it is best not to take the child to school. Beyond this consideration, you must bear in mind that when doctors tell you that it is better for your child to avoid school, it is not only to guarantee their well-being, but also to prevent your painting from spreading among colleagues. Next, we detail what to do with your children in various processes:
- Common cold without fever. It does not require school exclusion.
- Flu. We are not referring to a "bad cold", but to infection with the flu virus. A child with the flu can go to school after a full 24 hours without fever. That is, once he is in better general condition, let him recover for another day.
- Bronchitis. Theirs is that the child does not return to school until he stops showing respiratory distress.
- Conjunctivitis. This condition is contagious until 24 hours after the start of treatment. That is, the child may continue to have milky secretions, but it is no longer contagious.
- Bacterial pharyngitis / scarlet fever. After that time, you can return to the center.
- Whooping cough. Five days after starting the antibiotic treatment, the condition is no longer contagious.
- Diarrhea. Most of the diarrheal processes have a viral origin, and the agent can be eliminated in feces up to 48 hours after the stools have normalized.
- Mumps (mumps). The contagious period extends up to a week after clinical normalization.
- Hepatitis A. Schooling can be resumed seven days after the onset of jaundice.
- Chickenpox. The child must remain at home until each and every skin lesion is covered by a scab.
- Sudden rash. When the child begins to present spots, it is no longer contagious.
- Pediculosis (lice). Once the treatment is applied, the child can return to the school.
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