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Exclusion of Children from Child Care

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Exclusion of ill children from the other well children in child care facilities is key in preventing the spread of infectious diseases.

A child should be excluded if he/she is not well enough to participate in activities as usual and/or has any symptoms requiring exclusion from the child care centre. Ill children must be isolated preferably in a separate room until they can be picked up by their parents.

Exclude a child who has any of the following:

  • Fever AND a combination of other symptoms (nausea, vomiting, etc.,)
  • Fever AND a body rash
  • Diarrhea - two or more episodes of diarrhea or a change in the normal pattern of bowel movement (e.g., runny, watery or bloody stool)
  • Vomiting - two or more times in the last 24 hours
  • Eye discharge - yellow or white
  • Severe cough
  • Yellowish skin or eyes (jaundice)
  • Irritability, continuous crying or requires more attention than can be provided
If you are unsure whether a child should be excluded from child care, please refer to the Guide to Common Infections or consult Oxford County Public Health at 519-539-9800.