As a parent, when you get a call saying that you need to leave work to pick up a sick child, you are put in a tough spot. You don’t want to use your vacation to stay home with a miserable child (that’s no vacation!), you may have limited sick leave, and you may not have anyone else to care for the child. At the same time, you care about your child’s health. You may find yourself hoping that your child care provider is overreacting and that your child is not really sick enough to come home.
Here are some guidelines that may help clarify the situation next time you get that dreaded call:
New research comes out frequently that changes how childhood diseases are handled. Fifth Disease is a case in point. Until recently, it was routine practice to confine children with the Fifth Disease (also known as Slap Cheek) rash . Now we understand that this is not necessary. As with Roseola, when the rash appears, the child is no longer contagious! By keeping up with the latest infection-control guidelines you can avoid unnecessary trips to the school or day care center.