You might notice that children tend to get sick far less often in the summertime,
and right as school starts in the fall, cold symptoms or stomach aches
flare up. This is no coincidence, as illnesses are spread very easily
through the classroom, where children are in close contact with one another
all day long. This article will take a look at the illnesses you are most
likely to see in your child this fall along with a few
helpful tips for prevention.
Gastroenteritis is more commonly known as the stomach flu, and it could
have your child feeling very uncomfortable with symptoms like dehydration
caused by diarrhea and vomiting. The stomach flu is passed along by germs
in the stool, so
proper handwashing is an essential skill for kids to master. Providing hand sanitizer to
your child’s classroom may also be helpful, since there is not always
time for every student to wash his or her hands between various activities.
Younger kids in kindergarten or preschool are most susceptible to head
lice, which are not harmful but will require treatment with special shampoo.
Head lice are not a sign of poor hygiene, and they generally spread by
crawling from one head to another, making the playground a prime breeding
ground for these tiny insects. One potential harm in head lice is dangerous
home remedies, which often recommend the use of hazardous substances like gasoline.
Colds and sinus infections
Before flu season gets into full swing, you may have a child suffering
from the sniffles due to a cold or sinus infection. Properly diagnosing
a sinus infection may actually be difficult, since symptoms are often
very similar to those of the common cold. The primary difference is that
sinusitis symptoms will last longer, and it needs to be treated with antibiotics,
which should be prescribed with caution, since using antibiotics to treat
a cold can lead to antibiotic resistance in your child.
Strep throat presents a similar problem to sinusitis, in that the symptoms
of viral infections may be confused for strep throat. While strep throat
is a bacterial infection that will respond to antibiotics, most sore throats
are caused by viruses that will clear up on their own. That’s why
it’s important to carefully monitor your child’s symptoms
and visit a pediatrician who is familiar with your child’s health history.
Whether your child needs preventive care or a trip to the ER, you can rely
on Southern Hills Hospital for
your family’s care in Las Vegas. To stay connected with us, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare
referral line at (702) 880-2700 and speak with a registered nurse anytime, 24/7.