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  Marjorie Comer   August 12, 2016   Children, Health, Illness, School, Child 0 Comments

7 common back-to-school illnesses

Velocity Care shares typical school-related ailments

With the start of the school year quickly approaching, paGoing to school can mean unwanted illnesses. rents often forget that once school starts, an onset of various illnesses can occur that they must combat. Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center compiled a list of common illnesses and how to best prepare for (and hopefully avoid) these ailments throughout the school year. 

  1. Common cold.

Encourage your child not to touch his or her face and to use proper hand washing techniques: wet hands, apply soap, lather and scrub for 20 seconds or the length of the “Happy Birthday” song, rinse and dry. Remind children to sneeze into a tissue or their elbows.

  1. Head lice.

Children are prone to sharing items they bring with them to school including hairbrushes, hats, headbands and scarves. Unbeknownst to you, these items may contain head lice, which can infest a home quickly. Before the school year starts, remind your child not to share these personal items with others.

  1. Strep throat.

A relatively common illness in school-aged children, strep throat causes fever, red and white patches at the back of the throat, swollen glands and even difficulty swallowing. It’s important to visit a doctor for treatment to ensure the infection goes away quickly and effectively. Our e-book, A Parent's Guide to Strep Throat, is a helpful resource for parents, grandparents and teachers.

  1. Pink eye.

Also known as conjunctivitis, pink eye is very contagious. It’s an infection in the tissues that cover the white part of the eye and line the inside of the eyelid. Remind children not to touch their eyes and to wash their hands frequently to avoid contracting this disease.

  1. Urinary tract infection (UTI).

For children going to school, having to wait for or asking to use the bathroom takes some adjusting. This is when the risk of a UTI is high. Avoid UTI’s by encouraging your child to use the restroom every time it is offered.

  1. Chickenpox.

While many people are vaccinated against chickenpox, it is still a common illness in school-aged children. If your child does get chickenpox, it is important that he or she stay home from school, as it is highly contagious. Chickenpox can spread through sneezes, coughs, sharing drinks or coming in contact with a chickenpox blister.

  1. Fifth disease.

Passed through sneezing and coughing, fifth disease causes a red rash on the face and resembles a slap mark. Fifth disease is a viral illness and will run its course; however, it can be a concern for pregnant women who have never had the disease as it can cause complications in the pregnancy.

As the school year kicks off, remind your children the importance of frequently washing their hands and knowing how to sneeze without spreading germs. Let them know to alert you if they aren’t feeling well so you can keep them home if needed and ensure they feel better sooner rather than later.

Your primary care doctor may not always be available. Know that you can rely on and trust Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center for your child’s back-to-school ailments. Be sure to stop by any of our walk-in clinics for a wellness exam, vaccinations or to treat an illness.

 

Caring for strep throat

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