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Poll: Parents struggle with when to keep kids home sick from school

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“It can be a nerve-wracking, game time decision for parents: whether their sick child should stay home from school. But opinions among parents differ when it comes to how sick is too sick, or the importance of sick day consequences such as parents missing work or kids missing tests, according to a new national poll from the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. Seventy-five percent of parents report at least one sick day for their child in the past year. The top factors in parents’ decision to keep a child home included concern that the illness would get worse or spread to classmates, according to today’s nationally representative poll report.”(more)

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