What is the common illness the child picks up from school? What are the precautions?

What is the common illness the child picks up from school? What are the precautions?

As a parent, your primary concern would always be your child’s health. You do everything all day, to keep your child away from infections and illness. But what about when they are at school? There may be other kids or teachers or members of non-teaching staff who might be suffering from a sort of communicable illness. Although there is a lot of such illness, I’ll talk about the most common ones your child would get caught with, practically at school.

Cold and Cough: When we talk about diseases that spread with mere physical contact, the first thing to pop in any person’s head would surely be cold and cough. Cold is caused by more than 20 viruses that affect children. Common cold can lead to a running nose, cough, sneezing, watery eyes, headaches and sometimes even fever. When your child sits with or shares food with another kid having a cold, he/she is bound to get affected.

Head Lice: They are the toughest to deal with, once caught. Mostly, if your child’s hair is left loose or open and dry, they are more prone to catch lice from other children’s heads. They are not only annoying but also itchy. The itchiness could be mild or severe. These parasites sit on your scalp and keep multiplying in no second. They lay eggs that stick to your hair and cannot even be washed away. Over the counter shampoos and hair, oils have been available for this cause in the market but take quite a time to get rid of them. Make sure you complete the entire treatment or else it may relapse.

Flu or Influenza: It is caused by a common cold but both are not the same. Flu has more pronounced and severe symptoms over cold-like extreme fatigue, stomach cramps, fever, muscle or body ache. If the symptoms do no go away soon, medical help is to be taken. It’s a common viral infection that could sometimes be deadly. And most children with the low/weak immune system are easily affected by the flu.

common illness the kids picks up from school

Conjunctivitis: This is an illness relating to the eyes. It results in a red, itchy and watery eye. Sometimes there is also discharge or pus from the eyes which could be a very painful condition. Many kids suffering from conjunctivitis might have to come to school wearing a pair of black shades to write an exam or do emergency submissions. This disease is very contagious and depending on its type- whether viral or bacterial, the incubation period depends.

Pinworms: It is also very common in children and can spread easily from one child to another. Your child may accidentally or unintentionally come in contact with the eggs of the worm and can ingest them. Mostly, the worms affect your child’s intestines and lay eggs around the anal region. The symptoms include severe anal itching, rash around the anal area, or you can also spot a pinworm in your child’s stool. Your doctor will administer medicines to get rid of the worms.

Preventing all sorts of Communicable Diseases

Preventing all sorts of Communicable Diseases:

1. Children should be taught to keep their hands off their face, nose, mouth or ears which makes them sick as most of the germs sit on these parts.

2. Make your child practice washing hands before every meal, after using the washroom and after playing outdoor games to have cleaner hands. Ask them to do the same even when they are at school.

3. Your child may be lazy at times or have no source to wash hands before they eat their quick snack on the bus or anywhere else. In such a case, also provide him with a spoon to eat. This prevents the contamination of food.

4. Teach your kid the proper way of sneezing and coughing. Say them to use their handkerchief, hand or better the elbow for this purpose as this will prevent them from spreading germs.

5. Your child has to always eat healthy and fresh food to maintain a healthy immune system. Their meals should be well balanced and nutritious. It should contain lots of fruits and vegetables.

6. Being sleep deprived is never a good idea. Make sure your kid gets 8-10 hours of quality sleep every night to stay healthy. It will boost their immune system and help wake up fresh the next morning.

7. Lastly, a healthy lifestyle and an active body are what is required. Your kid needs to be physically active by involving in some sort of exercise, sport, dance or swimming.

And as a parent keep an eye on your child’s health and daily routine. Do not ignore the slightest of symptoms and visit a doctor compulsorily.

Summary: What are the precautions to be taken to avoid communicable diseases from school?
1. Communicable diseases mostly spread through direct contact. Always wash your hands and be hygienic.
2. There is a variety of this illness, but right preventive measures could help stay away from them.
3. Teaching kids to sneeze and cough in a proper way.
4. Eating healthy food and fresh fruits.
5. Should not be sleep deprived.
6. Keeping hands clean before and after use of the toilet, outdoor games, etc., is the best and most important way to avoid the spread of diseases.

Cold and Cough

Head Lice

Flu or Influenza

This is an illness relating to the eyes

It is also very common in children and can spread easily from one child to another.

Eating healthy food and fresh fruits


Malathi A Ganesh is a B. Com Graduate, NTT, M.A (Lit), PGDEA (PG in Education Administration), PGDCA (PG Diploma in Computer Application), DTE (Diploma in Teaching English), ICEPT (International Certificate in Education Preschool Teaching) from Singapore and B. Ed. She has been in the field of education for the past 20 years and has an experience of running her own pre-school She is the Founder & Director Academics of Smartkidz Educare India Pvt Ltd with 275+ play schools Pan India. She is an Educationist and a Child Psychologists by profession who wants to fulfill her dream of giving Quality Education to children in their earlier years. She is also into conducting positive parenting workshops, which talks about effective child rearing. She has conducted numerous parenting workshops in all her pre schools, schools and MNC’s.

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