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It is often hard to decide whether your child is too ill to go to childcare. In general, children should stay home if illness keeps them from enjoying the usual activities of childcare. Children should also be kept at home if the illness requires more care than providers can give without affecting the health and safety of other children in their care.
The list below follows Ohio’s childcare rules from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Your child is too ill to be in childcare if he or she has any of these symptoms:
Your child should not go to childcare if his underarm temperature is above 100°F. He may go back to school when it is below 100°F and he feels well enough to play normally.
A contagious disease is one that spreads by close contact with a person or object. Nearly all illnesses are contagious; however, not all illnesses are a danger to other children and staff in the childcare.
Many illnesses can be spread 24 hours before your child shows signs of illness. For this reason, keeping a child out of childcare may do little to keep other children from getting sick. Germs are everywhere, especially in the childcare setting. Proper hand-washing, as well as cleaning and disinfecting toys and surfaces are still the best ways to stop the spread of illness.
Children are required to stay away from childcare if they have:
*These illnesses must be reported to the local Health Department. Your child’s doctor will tell you when he or she may return to childcare.
HH-IV-76 12/99 Revised 9/11 Copyright 1999-2011, Nationwide Children’s Hospital