Infections in Schools 

As schools across Australia are preparing for the COVID-19 pandemic, with some schools potentially closing and others having an extended holiday break, it is important that you and your family prepare as well. 

This time of year, commonly known as ‘flu season’ is already a risky time for children to be at school due to the immense number of germs and infections spread, so we recommend that the following precautions are taken. 

Common Illnesses in Children 

Children tend to be more susceptible to certain illnesses and infections than adults aremostly due to their weaker immune system. Common contagious infections children tend to encounter are:  

  • Gastroenteritis (Stomach Bug) 

Occurs when the digestive tract is inflamed, commonly caused by a bacteria, virus or parasite infection.  

  • Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease 

Includes small blisters and sores occurring on the mouth, hand and foot. Children can experience a fever, rashes and fatigue  

  • Common fever 

Symptoms of a high temperature, shivering, nausea, fatigue and dizziness can indicate that the body has developed a fever when fighting off infections such as; UTI, pneumonia and ear infections. 

  • Mumps 

A series of lumps and inflamed parotid glands (saliva glands) which irritate the skin and can further cause fevers, nausea, headaches, dry mouth and loss of appetite. Similar infections which irritate the skin are: Rubella, chickenpox and measles  

 

If you have children and your child is experiencing any of these symptoms or infections consult one of our online doctors now without the need to sit and wait at the doctor. 

How do children encounter such infections? Many students due to the close contact they have with their peers and the high density of school facilities are more likely to catch and develop sickness from attending school. 

 

How Dirty Are Schools? 

You would think that an environment where we send children would be relativity clean right? Well, the reality is that schools are a germ hotspot, with students coming into contact with on average 152,300 germs while they’re at school. School is unavoidable but cleanliness isn’t! 

 

How Can Kids Avoid Getting Sick? 

The best way to make sure children stay in good health at school during the COVID-19 epidemic and throughout any flu season is through a thorough hygiene routine and living a healthy lifestyle. 

1. Washing their hands 

This is a key measure to avoid bacteria transferring from the hands. Hands should be washed with soap before eating or touching the eyes, nose or mouth. Hand sanitizer on the school bag or in lunch boxes can also encourage kids to keep their hands clean. 

2. Don’t Share Food and Drink! 

Sharing food with other kids is an easy way for germs and bacteria to transfer due to the direct contact with saliva.  

3. Physical Activity 

Being active can help build the immune system which intern, decreases a child’s chance of becoming sick. Team sports are a great way to keep kids active while having fun! 

4. Flu Shot 

If really concerned, there is the option for children to get the flu vaccine each year to be extra cautious. 

 

Stay Calm 

Children are likely to get sick at some point whether it be a cold or infection. If you have children and they feel unwell don’t hesitate to be safe, especially with the outbreak of COVID-19. Consult a doctor now from the safety of your home if you have any concerns.  

 

References: 

https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/fever-and-high-temperature-in-children 

https://www.rch.org.au/kidsinfo/fact_sheets/Hand_foot_and_mouth_disease/ 

https://www.healthline.com/health/right-care-right-time/pencils-books-bugs#get-moving 

https://www.moneycrashers.com/prevent-spread-germs-school/ 

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