Taking a Sick Child to Daycare

Toddlers in group childcare are at higher risk for common illnesses such as colds and gastrointestinal infections.


If your child is sick, keeping her home will keep others in her daycare from getting sick, too. A sick child needs more attention and your childcare provider may not be able to devote more time to her.

Keep your toddler home if he or she has:

  • a fever
  • diarrhea
  • nausea and vomiting
  • persistent abdominal pain
  • a rash with fever or behavior change
  • head lice
  • contagious disease (strep throat, measles, chicken pox, etc.)

See also ...

More guidance on keeping your sick child home – from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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