Wednesday, February 25, 2009

When to Keep Your Child Home From School or Send to the Doctor

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Our preschooler gets sick quite often, studies indicate nearly 10 colds a year is average for school-age children, if you are looking for a safe and effective way to relieve your child's symptoms check out these ideas from

There is also a quiz to take to help you decide if it is a time to send your child to the doctor, this could be especially handy for first time parents or parents who worry whenever their child is sick. Don't worry you're not alone, according to a survey conducted for Triaminic®, nearly 83% of parents worry they sent their child back to school too soon!

Read on for useful information to help you make the right call on your child's next sick day.
Consider keeping your child home if he or she:
* Has a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
* Has been vomiting
* Has symptoms that prevent him or her from participating in school, such as:
o Excessive tiredness or lack of appetite
o Productive coughing, sneezing
o Headache, body aches, earache
o Sore throat*
*A minor sore throat is usually not a problem, but a severe sore throat could be strep throat even if there is no fever. Other symptoms of strep throat in children are headache and stomach upset. Contact your pediatrician as your child needs a special test to determine if it is strep throat.
Keep your child home until his or her fever has been gone for 24 hours without medication. Colds can be contagious for at least 48 hours. Returning to school too soon may slow the recovery process and can unnecessarily expose others to illness.
Please note, these tips should not take the place of medical advice from a doctor or pediatrician. Parents should also be aware of guidelines specific to their child's school.
The flu is serious! Call your pediatrician at the first sign of flu symptoms, which typically come on suddenly, including:
* High fever
* Chills
* Head ache, body aches, ear ache
* Nausea, vomiting
* Dry cough
If you're unsure about the best way to treat your child's cold or flu, ask your school nurse, doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider.

Click here for Cold & Cough Resources to learn more about how to prevent the flu and get more useful health tips, along with a downloadable sick day guide. To save money on your next purchase of Triaminic® Thin Strips, small dosages of medicine in strip form for children over age four, please click here.

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