Fever, Diarrhea, Vomiting – What is it? How to treat it.

illness policy

A fever is not a disease. It is a symptom that can accompany many childhood illnesses, especially infections. A fever is not the only sign of a serious illness. While some children are fine with a temperature of 104, others can be deathly ill with a temperature of 101 or even without a fever or a low temperature. You should call your pediatrician if your child has any fever or acts different in any way that concerns you.

Diarrhea is usually caused by a stomach virus, especially if it is also associated with vomiting and low grade fever. It is important to mention any recent travel to your doctor when your child has diarrhea.

Vomiting, Acute gastroenteritis, is a very common problem in infants and children and is usually caused by a stomach virus, such as the rotavirus. Symptoms include a fever, stomach ache, vomiting and diarrhea. Although the vomiting typically lasts only two to three days, the diarrhea can last for one to two weeks before it finally resolves. There is no cure or medicine to treat gastroenteritis, but there are many things that can be done to help your child through this illness. Most uncomplicated cases go away on their own without treatment, except extra fluids to prevent dehydration.

The main problem from having diarrhea and vomiting is that it can lead your child to getting dehydrated. The first sign of dehydration is that your child will urinate less frequently. Other signs include a dry mouth, not having tears when crying, sunken eyes, and decreased activity or increased irritability.

According to our Illness Policy if your child shows these symptoms, he/she will need care at home away from other children for at least 24 hours until ALL symptoms have stopped. (No vomiting. No diarrhea. No fever.) It is up to your child’s teachers and directors to decide if a child is ready to come back.  Please call the school before returning to assure your child will not be turned away when you come to school.

If your child will be out for any reason, please call or email us by 10:00 a.m.

818-992-1942 • [email protected]

Robert Rice - Owner


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