Sick Kids and Daycare: When to Send Them

Infectious Period:
Contagious from seven days before to four days after rash appears.

When infected child can return to school or daycare?
Child should stay home for seven days after rash appears and should avoid contact with non-immune pregnant women.

When siblings can return to school or daycare?
Siblings may continue to attend school or daycare as long as they are uninfected and have been immunized against the disease.

Scarlet Fever

Symptoms:
Sore throat and fever; fine red rash which feels like sandpaper and fades on pressure. Most often appears on neck, chest, folds of armpits, elbow, groin, and inner parts of thighs. Symptoms appear one to three days after exposure.

Transmission:
Spread through direct contact with phlegm, saliva, or articles soiled by the sick child. Limited spread through the air. People without symptoms can spread the infection.

Infectious Period:
Contagious for 10 to 21 days after exposure, or 24 to 48 hours after antibiotics have been started.

When infected child can return to school or daycare?
Child can return to school 48 hours after the start of antibiotics if he/she is feeling well.

When siblings can return to school or daycare?
Siblings may continue to attend school as long as they are not infected.

Strep Throat

Symptoms:
Fever; sore throat.

Transmission:
Spread person to person.

Infectious Period:
Contagious until 24 hours after the start of treatment.

When infected child can return to school or daycare?
Child can return to school 24 hours after the start of treatment.

When siblings can return to school or daycare?
Siblings may continue to attend school as long as they are not infected.

Ann Douglas is the author of numerous books about pregnancy and parenting including the bestselling "The Mother of All Pregnancy Books." She regularly contributes to a number of print and online publications, is frequently quoted in the media on a range of parenting-related topics, and has appeared as a guest on a number of television and radio shows. Ann and her husband Neil live in Peterborough, Ontario. with the youngest of their four children. Learn more at her site, having-a-baby.com.

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Comments

I am sure it is very difficult for parents who work outside of the home to balance a job and having sick kids.

Thanks for the valuable information, it really helped me.

Why didn't I find this post earlier? Keep up the good work!