Regular medical checkups should be a part of every child’s life. You may wonder, if a child seems to be doing well, why these checkups are necessary. These appointments serve a lot of different functions. We can monitor growth, in weight, height and during the first year of life, head circumference, and determine if a child is growing according to expectations.
It is sometimes quite difficult to know if a mildly ill child should be kept home from school or when a recovering child should be sent back. The decision is made more difficult when alternate child-care arrangements have to be made, or when a parent must stay home from work to care for the child. This article will outline some common scenarios and will offer some guidelines to follow in making the decision.
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