with Agata M. Toborek, MD, Lexington Clinic Pediatrician

My child doesn’t feel well today.  When are they too sick to go to school?

School season is here and that means cold and flu season is just around the corner. Sometimes it is tough to decide whether your child needs to stay home and rest or when they should press-on and go to school. You don’t want your child to be uncomfortable or risk spreading sickness to classmates, but it’s not always easy to tell. 

Here are some symptoms you should keep an eye out for if your child doesn’t feel well:

• A fever (temperature of 100.4 or higher Fahrenheit)
• A significant rash or contagious condition like Pinkeye
• Vomiting or diarrhea
• Colored nasal mucus
Severe cough or sore throat
Severe headaches
If your child starts to have some of these symptoms you should call the child’s doctor. Remember, you know your child best. If something seems out of the ordinary or off, call the doctor. If you would like to establish care for your child, please visit LexingtonClinic.com/peds to learn more.

Agata M. Toborkek, MD is a board-certified pediatrician. She provides services in general pediatrics and her professional interests include caring for children from the time they are newborns until they become young adults. Dr. Toborek can be reached at (859) 258-5141.