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4 year old with cough and fever. On antibiotics. Can she go to school?

My 4 year old daughter has got a cough and a high temperature. She isn t eating anything and all she s doing is sleeping. The on call doctor prescribed her antibiotics and liquid paracetamol . I was just wondering when it would be a safe time to send her back to school because I don t want to send her the way that she is but at the same time I don t want to get in trouble with the school.
Asked On : Tue, 12 Mar 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Thanks for writing to us.
Your daughter is having fever and she is on medication.
She needs complete bed rest till fever subsides.
Her health is more important than her school.
Continue with medication,give her plenty of fluids,vegetable soup,fruit juices.simple bland diet so as to maintain hydration and nutrition.
She will be alright in few days and then she could join her school back.

Take care.
God bless.
Answered: Tue, 12 Mar 2013
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Pediatrician Dr. E Venkata Ramana's  Response
Feb 2013
Thank you for your quey on Healthcare Magic.
I advise you to cntinue the medication as prescribed by your doctor.
Wait till the temperature comes down to normal and the temperature should be normal for atleast for 24 hours.
And as she is having cough,the infection may spread to the other children if she goes in this period.
So I advise you to keep her at home till the fever comes to normal and the severity of cough decreases and by the time the course of antibiotic will be completed.
So this process may take 5 to 7 days.
Hope I have answered your query.
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Pediatrician Dr. Y V Siva Sankara Murty's  Response

Thanks for writing to health care magic.

I do not think there should be a hurry in sending a 4 year old to the school.

You have written "I do not want to get in trouble with the school". If a school gets a parent into trouble just because a kid of 4 years could not attend the school for a few days one should just quit the school.

Please give your kid adequate rest.

Only send her to the school once she is active, playful and eating normally.

Hope this helps.

take care.

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General Surgeon Dr. Paul Anant's  Response
Thanks for using the HCM forum.
Since your 4 year old daughter has high temperature and cough, its wont be very appropriate to send her to school in this condition. She should continue to take her medication and complete bed rest. Give her plenty of warm fluids and more liquid diet. As far as school is concerned why cant you put forward an application for medical leave from school based on the medical report given by your doctor.
Feel free for further queries.
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