It often seems like kids are always suffering from one illness or another from runny noses to upset stomachs and everything in between! However, they also seem to bounce back incredibly quickly, making it difficult for parents to make the right call when it comes to whether or not you should send them to school or keep them at home! After all, every child has tried to pull a fast one over on their parents at some point! If you can’t have a doctor or your local pharmacy check out your child, then use these helpful hints to determine if your little one is sick enough to stay home, or just hoping for some time off!
Look at the Evidence
Since it might feel like you are playing detective, the first step in the process is going to be gathering some evidence. Listen to your child’s complaints and then check to see if their behavior matches their symptoms! For example, if they are complaining about a stomach ache, but are happy to tuck into their breakfast, then they might be exaggerating their symptoms! However, if they are not keen to eat or drink, then they are more likely to be struggling with a tummy bug.
It is also important to arm yourself with the appropriate tools for determining a genuine illness – namely a thermometer and a small flashlight. You can pick up both of these items at your local pharmacy to add to your first aid kit. Kids know the tricks to make their forehead clammy, but you cannot fake a fever, so taking their internal temperature is a good indicator of genuine illness. The flashlight will help you to see inside your child’s throat and look for evidence of inflammation or white spots on the tonsils. Your local pharmacy can offer strep testing if you are unsure.
Some Illnesses are Tough to Fake
If your child is complaining of a rash, then you will be able to see visible evidence on their skin. However, that does not necessarily mean it warrants a day off! Small patches of redness, especially in a fold of skin, are likely of no concern, and neither is a touch of sunburn. However, if the rash covers a large area and appears as dots, pimples, or a lacy pattern, then it is worth seeking advice from your doctor or local pharmacy.
Similarly, your child is unlikely to make themselves throw up – although they may just tell you they have! However, if you actually witness vomiting and/or diarrhea, then it is a sure sign that they are unwell, and they should not be sent to school. You don’t necessarily need to see a doctor, but you should keep them well hydrated. Your local pharmacy can provide rehydration sachets to help if necessary.
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