When is your child too sick to visit?
To protect all children we have adopted the following guidelines developed by Toronto Public Health. Please keep your child at home if he or she has any of the following:
- Severe cold with fever, sneezing and/or a runny nose. Fever is defined as a temperature of 38 C (100.4 F) or higher taken either oral or under the armpit.
- Pink Eye or Conjunctivitis: an eye infection with a thick yellowish discharge.
- Diarrhea: watery bowel movements that look different and are much more frequent than usual.
- Vomiting within the past 24 hours.
- Throat/Sinus Infections such as Strep Throat (which often produces symptoms of fever, sore throat, headache, and stomach ache) or Bronchitis (begins with hoarseness, cough and a slight rise in temperature. a cough may be dry and painful).
- Rashes: that you cannot identify or that has been diagnosed by a physician.
- Contagious Diseases: a child must be kept at home. Some of these are Measles, Mumps, Chicken Pox or Roseola.
- Impetigo of the skin: shows up as red pimples and become small vesicles surrounded by a reddened area. When the blisters break the surface is raw and tender. These lesions occur in moist areas of the body such as the crease of the neck, groin, underarm, face, hands or at the edge of the diaper.
- If a doctor diagnoses an ear or throat infection for example and places the child on an antibiotic medication, the child should not be brought in until he/she has had medication for at least 24 hours.
- If a child seems really sick with obvious symptoms. In this case, a child may look and act differently.