Head Lice and nits are very common in young children and their families. They don’t have anything to do with dirty hair and are picked up by head-to-head contact.
Unfortunately there is nothing you can do to prevent head lice. You can help stop them spreading by wet or dry combing regularly to catch them early.
The NHS website offers some useful hints and tips on the treatment of head lice. Click here for more information.
Sickness and Diarrhoea
We must advise all parents/carers that children must not return to school until they have been clear of any bouts of sickness or diarrhoea for 48 hours. See guidance by clicking HERE.
Chickenpox is a mild and common childhood illness that most children catch at some point. It causes a rash of red, itchy spots that turn into fluid-filled blisters. They then crust over to form scabs, which eventually drop off. To prevent spreading the infection, keep children off school until all the spots have crusted over.
For most children, chickenpox is a mild illness that gets better on its own. But some children can become more seriously ill and need to see a doctor. Contact your GP straight away if your child develops any abnormal symptoms, for example:
- If the blisters on their skin become infected.
- If your child has a pain in their chest or has difficulty breathing.
Scarlet fever is also a mild childhood illness but unlike chickenpox, it requires antibiotic treatment. Symptoms include a sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting, followed by a fine red rash which typically first appears on the chest and stomach, rapidly spreading to other parts of the body. On more darkly pigmented skin, the scarlet rash may be harder to spot, but it should feel like “sandpaper”. The face can be flushed red but pale around the mouth. As the rash fades the skin on the fingertips, toes and groin area can peel.
If you think you, or your child, have scarlet fever:
- See your GP or contact NHS 111 as soon as possible.
- Make sure that you/your child takes the full course of any antibiotics prescribed by the doctor.
- Stay at home, away from nursery, school or work for at least 24 hours after starting the antibiotic treatment, to avoid spreading the infection.
Measles, Mumps and Rubella
Please find below the latest information from Public Health about the importance of vaccination against the above infections to ensure that your child is protected.Measles can spread quickly and can be very serious. The MMR vaccine which protects agains these illnesses are safe to be given to your child (as per advice from Public Health) and millions of doses are given every year.
Click MMR info PH England to find out more about Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccination
Children who have had chickenpox recently are more likely to develop more serious infection during an outbreak of scarlet fever and so parents should remain vigilant for symptoms such as a persistent high fever, cellulitis (skin infection) and arthritis. If you are concerned for any reason please seek medical assistance immediately.
If your child has an underlying condition which affects their immune system, you should contact your GP or hospital doctor to discuss whether any additional measures are needed.
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