What to do with a Sick Kid?


It’s that time of year. And no, I’m not talking about Thanksgiving turkeys and holiday decorations. We seem to be smack dab in the middle of runny noses, fevers, and hacking coughs. And if experience has taught me anything, it might not end until spring!

Yesterday I encountered that common parenting dilemma we all face in this runny nose season. Is my child too sick to go to school/daycare? After some deliberation, I sent my child with a runny nose and pathetic attitude to school, and I’m glad I did. When I picked him up he was bouncy and absolutely fine. He just had a case of the Mondays.

Most schools and daycares have strick regulations about not sending a child to school who is running a fever, is vomiting or has diarrhea. But what about kids who just don’t feel good? Sometimes it’s hard to know what to do. These questions from the American Academy of Pediatrics can help with the decision making. Ask yourself:

1. Does the child’s illness keep him/her from comfortably taking part in activities?
2. Does the sick child need more care than the staff can give without affecting the health and safety of other children?

If�the answer to those questions is yes, but you just can’t take any more time off from work, there is another option. Well Watchers at Thomasville Medical Center might be a good option. Staffed by the Learning Place, they will take kids who are too sick to go to school, as long as the fever isn’t over 102 and they’re vomiting less than 3 times in an 8 hour period.

One thing I know for sure, there will be plenty of visits to the urgent care in our future over the next few months, no matter how diligent we are about washing hands, or even that we’ve all had the flu shot. To help out, check out our own Urgent Care Directory to find an office near you.