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Flu Symptoms That Indicate You Should Keep Your Child Home From School

Posted by Staff on December 13, 2017

mother looking at sick daughters thermometerParents dread flu season! While they do what they can to keep their children from getting sick, inevitably your child will get the flu from being exposed to others at school. The flu can be very debilitating and its symptoms can keep your child in bed for days. There are certain symptoms that can be severe enough that you should keep your child home from school.


The flu virus can cause severe fatigue. Your child's body will use all of its energy to fight off the flu that they won't have much energy left. When your child has the flu, they can become exhausted by doing simple things like walking upstairs or walking to the bathroom.

If your child has the flu, they will be too tired to sit in a classroom and take part in all of the activities planned for the day. 

Muscle Aches

The flu can cause severe muscle and body aches. This pain can make walking and sitting up very painful. Some people who have the flu have pain when they touch their skin. Because the muscle and body aches can be so severe, it is best to keep your child home.


One of the most common symptoms of the flu is a fever. When a child has the flu, their temperature will often be higher than if an adult were to have the flu. Because a child's temperature can get to be so high, they need to be closely monitored.

If your child's fever spikes too high, you would need to take the steps necessary to get the fever down such as giving your child a lukewarm bath or taking your child to see a health care clinic or their pediatrician.

If your child is at school with the flu, there won't be anyone to monitor their temperature, sending your child to school with a fever can be dangerous to their health.

Hacking Cough

One of the symptoms of the flu is a hacking, unproductive cough. This type of cough can result in coughing fits, which can make your child miserable and it can disrupt the class. Also, your child will need to take cough medicine regularly during the day which you would need to administer.


Another common symptom of the flu is a headache. In some cases, the headache can be so severe that loud noises and bright lights can make the headache worse. Since a classroom is bright, there are kids talking, and there is constant noise, it's best to keep your child home when they have the flu.

Stuffy or A Runny Nose

A common symptom of the flu is a stuffy or a runny nose. If your child has the flu, they will be blowing their nose often. This may make it difficult for your child to concentrate and it can be very disruptive for the rest of the class. Also, your child will need to take an over the counter medication to help with the symptoms.

The Flu is Very Contagious

One of the best things you can do for yourself and your child is get a flu shot. This will help protect your child against the flu, but also others you come in contact with that are more susceptible to getting the flu. You can easily get a flu shot at Orchard Hospital's Medical Specialty Center - Your Everyday Health Care Clinic. Walk-ins are welcome or you can also schedule an appointment below.


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The main reason that you should keep your child home from school if they have the flu is that it is very contagious.

According to the Center For Disease Control, your child can have the virus for 1 to 4 days before they know that they have it, therefore, they can start spreading the disease without even knowing it.

After your child is diagnosed they can still spread the disease for up to 14 days, which means there's a very strong chance that your child will spread the flu to their classmates if you choose the send them to school.

If you're a working parent, it can be problematic if you need to keep your child home from school. Most parents live on a budget, therefore, missing work for a few days can cause problems. While taking time out of work can be difficult for you, it's what is best for your child.

If you think your child has the flu and the symptoms aren't getting better, visit the Medical Specialty Center at Orchard Hosptial - Your Everyday Health Care Clinic. The professionals at Orchard Hospital can test your child for the flu and give them the medications necessary to help them feel better.

Also, you will get a note from the doctor so that your child's absence from school will be excused. The longer your child stays in bed, the sooner they will start to feel better.  

Our mission at Orchard Hospital is to provide our community with superior health care. We strive to ensure that your experience at Orchard Hospital is as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Our priority is to provide you with the care you need when you need it, with skill, compassion, and respect.

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