When to Keep Your Child Home from Daycare


When to Keep Your Child Home from DaycareIn order to maintain a healthy atmosphere for all children and adults in a daycare facility there are certain times in which it is important to keep your child home. In general, if your child is sick it is likely in your best interest to keep them home and allow them to rest. In many cases it is a good idea to bring your child to a doctor as well. If you child shows any signs of the following, you'll want to keep them home from daycare.


A fever is often the first sign of sickness. It may be accompanied by sore throat, and a number of other issues on this list. If you child's temperature is higher than 101 degrees you will want to take them to a healthcare professional.


If your child is experiencing vomiting of more than two times in 24 hours do not take them to daycare. Vomiting may be a sign of infection disease or dehydration.


Another sign of dehydration is diarrhea. Loose stool, especially in infants, should warrant a trip to the doctor.

Abdominal Pain

Pain in the abdomen that continues for two hours or more should be monitored at home. If the child develops a fever it may be necessary to take them to a doctor.

Mouth/Skin Sores

Any open sores should keep them child home from daycare. Many sores are caused by herpes, which is common, yet very contagious.


A rash, especially when accompanied with a fever, needs to be evaluated by a healthcare provider before the child returns to daycare.


Since lice can jump between heads with ease, it is important that it is treated before the child returns to daycare.

Communicable Diseases

Any contagious illnesses, such as chickenpox, the flu, rubella, pertussis and so on requires the child to remain at home.

At Country Day Care and Magnolia Ridge Child Development Centers we value the health of all children. In order to keep our Richmond and Glen Allen daycare facilities healthy we ask that parents take care to keep their children at home when they are sick. If you have any questions we encourage you to call us, or contact your healthcare provider regarding your child's condition. To learn more about our Glen Allen and Richmond, VA child care centers give us a call at the location nearest you!

Country Day Care Blog

Written By Brian Corey

Published By MORBiZ