- Step 1: Keep home for fever Keep your child home if they have a fever higher than 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
- TIP: Do not let them return to day care for 24 hours after they have had their last fever spike.
- Step 2: Stay home for vomiting Keep your child home if they have vomited two or more times within the past 24 hours.
- Step 3: Watch for diarrhea Keep your child home if they have diarrhea, especially with blood or mucus, and call your doctor.
- TIP: Look at eyes and belly Keep your child home when they have a stomachache lasting longer than a few hours, especially if accompanied by a fever, diarrhea, vomiting, or signs of dehydration.
- Step 4: Watch behavior Watch your child's behavior. If they are lethargic, have persistent crying, or have difficulty breathing, keep your child home and call your doctor.
- TIP: Look for signs of pink eye Keep your child home if they have a white or yellow discharge coming from the eye, which could be conjunctivitis, or pink eye.
- Step 5: Look for a rash Keep your child home and call your doctor if they have developed a rash and have a fever or are lethargic, in pain, or have severe itching.
- FACT: In the United States, approximately 5-20% of the population get the flu each year.
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