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Day Care Centers Too Quick to Send Mildly Ill Kids Home
Date:4/19/2010

gure out if your child has a mild illness is to check how your child is acting. If he or she is lethargic or needs a lot of attention because of the illness, then it's probably best to keep your child home. But, if your child has a runny nose, and otherwise seems fine, then the guidelines suggest your child could be in day care.

The AAP also recommends keeping children at home if they have a fever, bloody stool, mouth sores with drooling, or frequent vomiting, or if they have untreated lice, scabies, or impetigo.

"The underlying guide is whether or not a child care center has to use too many resources taking care of one child. If that's the case, that's when they need to send the child home," he said.

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Learn more about choosing child care and preventing illness in your children from the American Academy of Pediatrics.



SOURCES: Andrew Hashikawa, M.D., instructor of pediatrics, and fellow in pediatric emergency medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Brian Crowe, executive director, National Association of Child Care Professionals, Austin, Tex.; May 2010 Pediatrics


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