5 Common Illnesses Kids Pick Up at School
Debra Best, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center, sorts out the school illnesses you’re more likely to see.
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.
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.