The Sick Room/Well Room Dilemma

You and your child walk into the pediatrician’s office and you’re immediately faced with a decision about your child’s health: is he sick enough to wait in the sick room, or just passably well enough to wait in the well room?

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If your child has a fever, he definitely belongs in the pediatrician’s sick waiting room.

Many pediatricians’ offices now offer separate rooms for children who are sick and those who are well in an attempt to curb the spread of germs. If your child isn’t there for a check-up or an injury of some kind, he’s most likely ill. But if it’s just the sniffles, do you want to expose him to children with the flu in the sick room?

Here are some symptoms and possible conditions that warrant your child taking a seat in the sick room:

  • Cold/upper respiratory infection – a cough and a runny/stuffy nose
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Fever (no matter the condition it’s associated with)
  • Pink eye – redness, itching or pain, and eye drainage
  • Chickenpox – red, bumpy, itchy rash
  • Strep throat – sore throat, fever, headache, decreased appetite, abdominal pain, and nausea
  • Impetigo – caused by strep throat, an oozing, honey-colored, crust-like skin infection, usually around the openings of the nostrils
  • Pneumonia – wheezing and asthma-like symptoms, sometimes with fever, lethargy, and cough
  • Croup – a cough that sounds like barking, usually accompanied by a fever

Do you think separate sick and well rooms are helpful? Let us know in the comments section below!