Should a child go to school/nursery today?
- Children should be given paracetamol, plenty of fluids to drink and can be sent to school.
- If your child is asthmatic, remember they may need their blue inhaler more often.
For more information go to Cough and Cold.
- Children can go to school with head lice but they must be treated for the condition to prevent further spreading.
- Parents should treat their children and other family members by wet combing with a nit comb and conditioner.
- Children should go back to school four days after the rash has started.
For more information go to Measles.
- Children should be kept off school for 5 days after the onset of the rash. It is not necessary for all of the spots to have healed or crusted over because the risk of transmission to other children after 5 days is minimal.
For more information go to Chickenpox.
- Children should go back to school four days after the rash has started. Please let the school know, as pregnant members of staff may be affected.
For more information go to German Measles (Rubella).
Medicines in school
- Children can come to school even if they are taking medicines, as staff are able to give them prescribed medicine in school.
- Please make sure the bottle has a pharmacy label detailing your child's name, dosage and how frequently they should have it.
- Please discuss with the headteacher.
School nurse drop-in session
- Your school nurse is available to meet with you in school. Please ask reception for the school nurse's contact details.
- You can also contact NHS 111.
- Local pharmacy - see your local pharmacist for help and advice. In some areas there is a new minor ailment service available (check with your GP for details) called Pharmacy First. If your child has certain minor ailments or conditions you may be eligible for Pharmacy First, a service which enables those who get free prescriptions to go straight to their pharmacist for a consultation, instead of going to their GP for a prescription.
- Caution needs to be taken with children who are more susceptible to severe infection due to an underlying long term medical condition or being immunocompromised. These children are more likely to require medical review when unwell and are less likely to be able to attend school/nursery.
Information in this guide is taken from the Public Health England South West Health Protection Team 'The Spotty Book: Notes on infectious diseases in Schools and Nurseries' - October 2017