Sometimes it is hard to decide if your child is too ill to go to childcare. Usually, children should stay home if illness keeps them from enjoying the daily activities of childcare. Children should also stay home if caring for them keeps the child care provider from caring for other children or if it affects the health and safety of the other children.
The list below follows Ohio’s child care rules from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Keep your child out of childcare if he or she has any of the following signs:
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 for at least 24 hours and he feels well enough to play as usual.
Germs are everywhere in the childcare setting. A contagious (catching) disease spreads by close contact with a sick person or contaminated object. Many illnesses are contagious and can be spread 24 hours before your child shows signs of illness. For this reason, keeping your child out of childcare may not always keep him from getting sick. Good hand-washing and disinfecting toys and surfaces are 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.
If your child goes to daycare, at-home care, after school activities (at home or at a center), or any other care involving other children, please contact the caregiver to decide if your child can still take part. Even if your child is only seeing a caregiver, disease can be spread to other children through the caregiver.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s doctor or nurse.
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