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5 Common Illnesses Kids Pick Up at School




What Should I Look For? Area of reddened skin with honey-colored discharge on top.

How Contagious Is It? Impetigo spreads only through direct contact with the infected area.

What Prevents It? Frequent handwashing; keeping any cuts or sores covered.


Strep Throat


What Should I Look For? Fever and sore throat—but no cough or congestion.

How Contagious Is It? Very, among children in close contact. The bacteria can also be picked up from doorknobs or utensils. A child with strep shouldn't return to school until on antibiotics for 24 hours.

What Prevents It? Not sharing anything, especially drinks or food. Get your kid a new toothbrush after the first 24 hours on antibiotics to avoid a repeat infection.