SHOULD MY CHILD STAY HOME FROM GALVIN THERAPY CENTER?
Children get sick. This is a fact we know all too well. It can be tricky to figure out when kids are too sick to participate in school, extracurriculars, and therapy. Here are some helpful tips to make the decision more clear cut for you and for us.
If your child has a temperature over 100.4 degrees, she should stay home. Fevers are a sign that the body is fighting an illness. Your child should be fever free without medication for 24 hours before returning to her regular activities. During our current pandemic, we will follow the Ohio Department of Health recommendation of 72 hours fever free without medication before returning to Galvin Therapy Center.
Diarrhea or Vomiting
When your child is experiencing either symptom, keep them at home. This is another one in which your child should be free from symptoms for 24 hours before coming to therapy or school.
Illnesses/Conditions Treated by Medications
Your pediatrician can provide the best advice as to how long your child should be kept at home once medication has started. Often, a 24 hour period once on medication is recommended for illnesses/conditions such as Strep, Lice, and Pink Eye. With a flu diagnosis, follow your pediatrician’s recommendation.
This is the one that hits almost all of us, children and adults alike. Colds often last 1-3 weeks, which makes staying at home a challenge. If coughing and nasal discharge keep your child from participating, he should stay home. When discharge is anything other than clear, it usually indicates an infection is present. It does not mean a child should be kept home from school, activities or therapy.
Most importantly, if your child is listless, has excessive coughing and nasal drainage, or any other symptoms already mentioned, keep them home. When a child does not feel well enough to participate, rest is best.