CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – As you prepare for the weekday grind - packing lunches, organizing back-packs, and planning for carpool - your child tells you “I don’t feel well.” Is this just a case of the Mondays, or is it something more serious?
Three Questions to Ask
It can be difficult to determine if your little one needs to stay home from school, or if they are well enough to power through the day. A few simple questions can help you decide if your child needs to rest at home.
- Are they running a temperature? If your child has fever, that’s a sign they are fighting a bacterial or viral infection. This is usually a good indicator they need to stay home.
- How are they acting? If your child seems sleepy, drowsy, achy, or nauseated, they probably won’t be able to absorb learning material or focus in class. A day or two of rest can go a long way, and help them feel energized enough to participate in class.
- Are they contagious? You don’t want your child to be the reason the entire grade comes down with the flu. If you think your child may be contagious, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Consider keeping them home until their symptoms improve.
Symptoms to get looked at
Only a health care professional can diagnose your child, and tell you for sure what’s keeping them down. It’s important to seek medical advice when your child shows the following symptoms:
- Persistent fever
- Severe sore throat that lasts more than 48 hours
- Severe ear pain
- Uncontrollable cough
If your child has any of the above symptoms, it’s time to schedule an appointment with their primary care provider, or you can use Summit Health’s walk-in services or urgent care services without an appointment.