Your Baby's 20th Week of Life

Fact of the Week

How do you know when your child is too sick to attend his or her regular day care? Your child is too sick when he or she has:

  • Fever and sore throat, rash, vomiting, diarrhea, earache, irritability or confusion. Fever is defined as having a temperature of 100 or higher taken under the arm, 101 taken orally or 102 taken rectally. For children four months or younger, a rectal temperature of 101 is considered a fever threshold.
  • Diarrhea -- runny, watery or bloody stools
  • Vomiting -- twice or more within 24 hours
  • Sore throat with fever and swollen glands
  • Severe coughing -- child gets red or blue in the face or makes high-pitched whooping sound after coughing
  • Eye discharge -- thick mucus or pus draining from the eye or pinkeye
  • Yellowish skin or eyes
  • Extreme irritability, continuous crying or requires more attention than you can provide without hurting the health and safety of other children in your care

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