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Too Sick for School? Flu Facts Every Parent Needs

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If your child has been home sick for an extended period, you both might be inching to get back to normalcy. The day your child wakes up with a normal temperature and the right energy level, it’s time to send her back to school, right? Not so fast! Doctors have a few restrictions you should know.

A child should be fever-free and not vomiting for at least 24 hours before returning to school, and this is a good rule of thumb for most other “stay-home” symptoms. Diarrhea poses further restrictions, even after your child goes back to school. "Most children will not be eating 100 percent, even though they're ready to return to school,” Dr. Ivey says. “If the child has had diarrhea, he should not be given juice or dairy, including milk, for seven days.”