3 Common Illnesses Kids Pick Up in School

School is an incredibly important place for kids not only to gain knowledge but also to develop social skills (like making friends and cooperating with others), learning discipline and self-dependence.  The school also plays an important role in developing intellectual and interpersonal skills. On the other hand, your kid's school is also a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses.   Since kids tend to play closer together and share toys (small kids) and other classroom items, infections are easily passed from one child to another. That's why your school-age child brings home a new infection every few weeks. Therefore, it's important to be sure to get ready for the ‘unavoidable'

Here are five common illnesses the school going child may contract, its symptoms, and tips on how to help your child recover faster.

#1. Cold:

School going children easily contracts Cold. Colds are usually caused by rhinoviruses.  These viruses easily spread and enter the lining of the nose and throat and grow and multiply. The cold will trigger sore throats, cough, headaches, and sneezing. The child may also develop a stuffy or a runny nose and mild fever.

How to prevent:

One of the most common means the colds are transmitted is when a child comes into direct contact with a cold virus and then touches her eyes or nose. Make sure your child washes hands properly often, that too more frequently, and remind them not to touch her eyes, nose, or mouth. You can also fortify your child's immune system by urging them to get enough sleep, eat a healthy diet, and stay physically active.

When to consult the doctor:

If the cold is accompanied by the fever that persists for more than five days, or if it is accompanied by there is nausea or diarrhea, it is advisable to consult with a doctor

#2. Conjunctivitis:

Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eyes is fast spreading illness and the school going kids easily contracts it. Conjunctivitis is the inflammation or infection of the clear membrane that covers the white part of the eyeball and the inner surface of the eyelid (conjunctiva).  Anything like bacteria, virus, allergy, pollens, pollution, chlorine in swimming pool, etc. can bring about oink eyes. However, it is highly contagious and is spread from hand to eye contact.

The symptoms include itchiness (child tend to rub the eyes excessively), pink eyes, excessive tears, puffy eyes, a yellow-green discharge from the eye which dries when your child sleeps, etc.

How to prevent:

A child, if the diagnosed pink eye, should stay away from school. As it is highly contagious, this is the only way to bring down the chances of many children contracting it. Also, ask the child strictly not rub or touch their eyes. A contaminated finger is the most common cause. Therefore, ask the child to wash the hands more often.

When to consult the doctor:

If the child complains severe pain, if the child develops problems with vision/eyesight, increased swelling, redness, and tenderness in the eyelids and around the eyes or develop fever, are some of the reasons that demand medical attention. If the conjunctivitis is due to allergy, antihistamines may require.  Mild conjunctivitis don't require any treatment other than maintaining eye hygiene and

#3. Strep throat:

This is a common and highly contagious infection in school going kids. It is caused by a group of bacteria called group-A streptococcus. It more often spreads through airborne droplets (when someone who has the infection sneezes or coughs). However, strep throat in school children is more likely transmitted through sharing drinks or food, or by touching a surface such as a doorknob where the bacteria dwells and then touching one's own eyes, nose, or mouth.

A sore throat and pain that worsen swallowing, accompanied by fever, rash, headache, stomach pain, nausea or vomiting, tiny red spots on the back of the roof of the mouth, and swollen tonsils are the symptoms of Strep throat.

How to prevent:

Instruct your child to be particularly cautious about sharing things with friends and classmates who are coughing or sneezing. Ask your child to wash his or her hand often, especially if they noticed a classmate is not feeling well. However, if your child contracts strep throat, an antibiotic course will be essential. Also, get your kid a new toothbrush to avoid the infection to recur.

When to consult a doctor:

If the child exhibits signs of dehydration, develops a fever that crosses 1040 F, if blood-colored spots appear on the skin, shows significant trouble in swallowing or spitting, if the child is not able to open the mouth, the child requires immediate, medical attention.