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Many of the illnesses related to back to school are usually able to be cared for by a pediatrician. However, do not take any of the common back-to-school illnesses lightly and remember that 24-hour emergency rooms like SPHIER ER are there to provide immediate treatment for acute illnesses and trauma…
Common Back to School Illnesses
With schools re-opening, everyone is more concerned with their morning routines, preparation for school lunch, and other health concerns. No matter how hygienic your house, lunchbox, or you personally may be, microscopic germs can most definitely get your child sick. Inevitably, back-to-school illnesses manifest themselves in various forms. Having prior knowledge and taking precautionary measures can help avoid some of the most common back-to-school germs.
The most contagious of all back-to-school illnesses is the common cold with the characteristic stuffy and runny nose, congestion, cough, low-grade fever and the usual body aches and general weakness. This usually stays around for a few days, and cannot be cured by doctors. It is often recommended to increase the level of Vitamin C in your diet. However, if the symptoms deteriorate your child’s health, or linger on for longer than usual periods of time, seek medical advice.
Biologically known as gastroenteritis, this virus targets the lining of the GI tract resulting in pain, vomiting, and likely diarrhea as well. It’s a common illness in school-going kids, and is often due to dehydration that your little ones may feel ill. Making a regular habit to wash your hands and your children’s hands may help keep you free of this horrible virus.
Strep throat is a bacterial infection that comes with high-grade fever, an itching sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, headache, nausea, and loss of appetite. Treatment with the proper antibiotics can prevent rheumatic heart disease later in life. If left untreated, certain strains of strep throat bacteria can develop into a scarlet fever that spreads all across the body, giving the feeling of sandpaper.
Bacterial Conjunctivitis, more commonly known as pink eye, is a condition which makes anyone cringe at the sight. The yellowish, green eye discharge often causes the eyes to stick together overnight and is a very contagious illness, making it a problem for all of the kids at school. The redness, discomfort, and itchiness make the child extremely uncomfortable, and should be treated with anti-bacterial eye-drops at the earliest stage possible.
Have you noticed your kid scratching their head way too much? Do you feel your child is restless because of this constant itching? It may not be only due to poor hygiene that your child is getting infested with these little monsters. Lice lay eggs called nits within your child’s hair and multiply their population. Little children aren’t very conscious of not sharing personal items like hairbrushes, hats, or scarves. This is most common and easiest way of spreading these lice. Tell your child to avoid friends who are seen scratching their head and to avoid sharing their personal items.
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
The reason for contracting this infection is the use of common bathrooms. The restroom is a breeding place for germs and needs to be taken care of by keeping hygiene concerns in mind, and teaching your child to be mindful when using the school restroom. Teach them the habit of washing their hands multiple times, keeping a hand sanitizer with them, and other general hygienic habits.
If your child happens to contract any of them, follow the appropriate treatment options to get your child back on track and fit to attend school after the sick break.