The sickness seasons in Denmark come and go along the entire year and it is always a period of time when parents are extremely challenged as children need to stay home from daycare, sick-days shall be taken from work and many activities need to be postponed until the day they get healthy.
However this last part, the line that marks the healthiness of a child, is quite often of a grey area.
When can you actually send your children back to daycare after they have being sick?
The official guideline
Sundhed.dk, the official online portal for the health sector in Denmark, gives the following advises regarding this question.
- Children should stay at home if they have a fever of 38 ° C or higher, measured with thermometer in the rectum.
- Children should stay at home if their general condition isn’t optimal or they require special care conditions.
Yet, there are many other additional questions and situations that many parents are challenged with, specially due to the nature of the sicknesses/virus/infections that are constantly present in the childcare system, making it difficult to know exactly when is the right time to send them back.
Remember this information is of high relevance for anyone with children in the system, since a good handling of these diseases will prevent others from becoming infected hence breaking the cycle.
Special rules for each condition
Children should be kept at home until the skin ulcers are dry and the scabs have fallen off. This also applies even if treatment has been initiated.
The child may come to the nursery when the stool is formed. In case of diarrhea caused by bacteria, special rules may apply depending on which bacteria it is.
There are no special restrictions to attend the kindergarten or daycare. The child should be at home if feverish or the general condition isn’t optimal.
Lussingesyge, den femte børnesygdom (Parvovirus)
The disease is also called erythema infectiosum. Children can come to the nursery when they are fever free, even if they continue to have a rash.
Tre-dages feber (Three days fever)
Also called exanthema subitum. Children can come to the nursery when they are fever free.
Lus og kæmning hovedlus (Lice)
Children can come to kindergarten the day after the treatment has started.
Hånd-, fød- og mundsygdom (Hand, foot and mouth disease)
Children can come to the nursery when the general condition allows it, even if they continue to have a rash.
Kighoste (Whooping cough)
Children can come to the kindergarten 5 days after the onset of antibiotic treatment. However, be aware that the child can start to re-infect when treatment stops.
The child should be kept at home as long as there is visible swelling of the salivary gland. As a rule, the child can come to kindergarten approx. 9 days after the swelling has started.
The child’s general condition and fever are crucial. When the general condition is satisfactory and the child no longer has a fever, he/she may come to the kindergarten again.
The child may come to kindergarten the day after the treatment has started.
Infection ceases 4 days after the rash has began. The child may come to the nursery when the general condition is optimal and does not have any fever.
Molluskler (vandvorter) (Water warts)
The risk of infection between people is minimal, therefore there aren’t any restrictions for coming to kindergarten or daycare.
The child may come to the nursery the day after treatment is started.
Røde hunde (Rubella)
This should be agreed upon consultation with a doctor due to the risk of infection by others. Normally, the child may come to the nursery 1 week after the rash broke out.
Scabies – fnat (Scabies)
The child may come to the kindergarten or school the day after treatment is started.
Scarlagensfeber (Scarlet fever)
Children are no longer infected after having received penicillin for at least one day. They can come to the nursery if the general condition allows it and they do not have fever.
Streptokok halsbetændelse (Streptococcal throat infection)
Children are infected after receiving penicillin for at least one day. They can come to the nursery if the general condition allows it and they do not have fever.
Urinsvejinfektioner (Urinary tract infections)
There isn’t any infection risk person to person. General condition and fever are crucial.
Children should be kept at home until there are no new blisters for 2 days or until all blisters have scabs.
There are no restrictions for kindergarten. Warts do not infect person to person.
Is a non- contagious desease, therefore there are no limitations. Fever and general condition are crucial.
Ocular inflammation is caused by either viruses or bacteria. Both types of infections are common in children. In case of bacterial infection, treatment may possibly shorten the course. A possible risk of infection has ended the day after treatment was started, although there is still redness in the eyelid.