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Sick Policy Q & A
If your child needs to take a session off due to illness, give us a call and we can work with you to schedule an alternative time for therapy.
Q: When should I NOT bring my child to Therapy?
A: You should not bring your child to therapy if he/she exhibits any of the following:
- Illness symptoms within the last 24 hours
- Fever: temperature of 100° F or 38° C or greater within the last 24 hours
- Diarrhea: Five or more loose, watery stools within 24 hours (zero in the last 24 hours for Aquatic Therapy)
- Vomiting within the last 24 hours
- Sore throat or difficulty swallowing
- Rash or spots on skin; ringworm infection
- Severe itching
- Mouth sores
- Eye discharge
- Unusual nasal discharge
- Uncontrolled coughing
- Difficulty breathing, wheezing
- Wounds that are not properly covered
Q: If my child has had problems with head lice, when is it OK to come to therapy?
A: Children’s Therapy TEAM supports the Head Lice Policy of the American Association of Pediatrics. If you know your child has live crawling head lice, begin a treatment to kill live lice before coming to therapy. Patients diagnosed with live head lice during a session will not be sent home early from therapy. Parents will be advised to go home at the end of the session, be treated and return to therapy after appropriate treatment has begun. Nits may persist after treatment, but successful treatment should kill crawling lice. Head lice can be a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease.
Q: What happens if my child becomes ill during a session?
A: If your child becomes ill during a session, the therapist will use his/her discretion in determining whether or not to cancel the session. You will be notified of any illness that arises during therapy.
Q: When can my child return to therapy?
A: Typically, if your child has been symptom-free for 24 hours, he/she may return to therapy. If your child was treated by a physician, your therapist may request a note from your doctor stating that your child may return to activities.
Q: What is Children’s Therapy TEAM’s policy on Scabies?
A: If your child has scabies or the setting your child is treated in (daycare, school, home, etc.) has had a case of scabies, please inform your therapist. After your child’s first scabies treatment is complete and/or after measures have been taken to decontaminate the environment, therapy can resume. Upon return, present a doctor’s note detailing treatment for scabies.