One of the problems most often confronting parents of school-age children occurs when a child complains of not feeling well on a school day.
The following is not intended as medical advice, but is merely designed as a guideline to be followed until your health care provider can be contacted.
Children should usually be kept at home if any of the following conditions are present (keep in mind the absence of fever does not always indicate the child is well enough to attend school):
- Fever over 100 degrees, vomiting or diarrhea within the last 48 hours
- Undiagnosed skin rashes with fever
- Persistent sore throat with fever and difficulty swallowing or rash
- Severe headache, toothache, ear pain or abdominal pain and cramping
- Skin infections
- Eyes that are painful red, and matted with thick discharge
- Severe uncontrolled rapid coughing, wheezing or difficulty breathing
Medication at school
No medication is allowed at school without the written permission of the prescribing health care practitioner and parent/guardian.
Students without medical insurance may be eligible for the Washington State Health Plan even if their parents are employed. Call 877-543-7669 for more information.
The Free Clinic of SW Washington provides health care for minor, acute illness and immunizations for uninsured children and adults; call 360-313-1390.