“Whether you’re two or 17 or 35, if you have a fever, you need to be at home,” says Jenny Detert, MD, a pediatrician with Durham Pediatrics.
Keeping your child home is important for several reasons. Sabana Pathan, MD, a family medicine physician with Duke Primary Care Waverly Place, says, “It’s a safety issue for your child, as well as the rest of the school.” Sending a sick child to school (or to a party or a play date) puts other children at risk. And you’re not allowing your child time and space to get well.
“A sick child needs special attention,” Detert says. His or her liquid intake needs to be monitored, for instance, and rest is needed. A teacher who has to look after 25 or 30 kids isn’t equipped to dedicate adequate attention to one who’s sick.
Once your child has been fever-free— without medication—for 24 hours, resuming normal activities should be safe.