with Agata M. Toborek, MD, Lexington Clinic Pediatrician

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

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. While not an exhaustive list, there are a few symptoms that signal to you that your child should not attend school:
• 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 simply seems tired, he or she may just need more rest after attending school and after-school activities. You know your child and his or her symptoms best. If something seems out of the ordinary, visit your pediatrician. 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.