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If my child is running a low fever, should I keep her home from school?

Thermometers can sometimes be inaccurate, so it's important to also note how your child is acting. In this video, I discuss how if your child's fever is below 100.4 and they're acting fine, it's probably okay to go to school.
When your child has a fever, it can be hard to decide whether to keep him or her home. If the child is coughing, looking really sick, sleepy, vomiting or has diarrhea, it's a good idea to keep him or her home. If the child is acting and playing normally, it is okay to let him or her go. Some viral infections will present with a mild fever and nothing else, and the child will do well with normal activity. Doctors define a fever as a rectal temperature greater than 100.6 degrees Fahrenheit (or an oral temperature greater than 99.6 degrees). Which means that children can have mild elevations of temperature and not truly have a fever.

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