Backpacks ready, lunches packed, and before you head out the door, you
realize your child is just not quite right. Though we do our best to avoid
it, your child is exposed to a world of germs each day at school, and
eventually, that might lead them to take an unexpected sick day.
As the school year starts, you’ll want to do everything you can to
keep your kids healthy and ready to fight germs all year long. That must
first start with knowing the most common illness and the symptoms that
come along with them:
The most apparent signs of head lice are scratching, sores on the head,
or irritability. Since it’s only spread through direct contact,
the best way to avoid it is to talk to your child about prevention. Instruct
them to avoid head-to-head contact, and to never share brushes, combs,
or any hair accessories with their friends.
Redness, swelling, itching, and crusting of the eyelashes or the eyelids
are the most common pink eye symptoms. Not only is pink eye uncomfortable,
but it’s also highly contagious, and like most illnesses, handwashing
is the best way to prevent it. Encourage your child to wash their hands
often throughout the day and to avoid touching or rubbing their eyes when
One of the most contagious illnesses in the classroom, strep throat is
often spotted by a red throat, swollen tonsils, and red, yellow, or white
spots in the mouth or tonsils. The best form of protection is informing
your kids always to cover their mouth when sneezing and coughing, and
never handle used tissues and to wash their hands regularly.
The Common Cold
Airborne and easily spread from person-to-person contact, it’s no
wonder colds are called common. It’s likely that, at some point
in the year, your child will catch one, but you can at least limit it
to that. Fever, runny nose, coughing, or sneezing can all be symptoms.
Though a cold and the flu virus can often be mistaken for each other, but
here’s how to know the difference.
To avoid continually catching a cold, instruct your kid to keep up with
proper handwashing and to avoid anyone with cold symptoms throughout the day.
If your child is feeling under the weather and sneezing, fever or cold-like
symptoms do occur, the
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