Sick-day Guidelines for Parents

(ARA) – Are you not always sure if your child’s cough and sniffles warrant keeping him home from school? You’re not alone.

The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) and Triaminic developed ‘Sick Day Guidelines’ to provide parents with the key signs that they should consider keeping their children home from school, including: A fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, vomiting, and or symptoms that prevent him or her from participating in school, such as excessive tiredness or lack of appetite; productive coughing or sneezing; headache, body aches or earache and a sore throat.

Parents should keep their child home until his or her fever has been gone for 24 hours without medication. Colds can be contagious for at least 48 hours. Returning to school too soon may slow the recovery process and expose others unnecessarily to illness.

The Sick Day Guidelines, which also provide tips for helping to prevent colds and relieve cough and cold symptoms, are available to approximately 14,000 NASN members who reach 16 million children and their families across the country.

Parents may also be unsure about how best to relieve their child’s cough and cold symptoms following recent news about changes to children’s over-the-counter cough and cold product labeling and the new recommendation to not use these products in children under the age of 4 in the United States.

To view the complete Sick Day Guidelines or learn more about the campaign and helpful reminders on using children’s cough and cold medicines appropriately, visit or