To continue in our series of posts about the most common back to school questions, here are some more questions that parents frequently want answers to as their kids head back to school:
1. Can my child go to school if she isn’t feeling well? The rule of thumb here is that if your child has a temperature of over 100 degrees, has body aches, seems drowsy, has been throwing up or coughing, keep her at home until symptom free for 24 hours. If the child just seems generally unwell, ask the school nurse to just keep an eye out for her.
2. What if my other child is ill? You should inform the school nurse that your other child is sick at home though the one who has been sent to school is symptom free.
At home remember to maintain healthy hygiene practices.
3. How can I identify the flu or a cold in my child? A cold could start with a sore throat and progress to sneezing, runny nose and even a temperature some of the time.
Though a cold will resolve in a week, symptoms can last much longer. Flu brings symptoms such as body aches, fever, congestion, sore throat, and weakness, even sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.