Chickenpox: The child starts feeling unwell, has a rash and a slight temperature. Spots develop, which are red and become fluid-filled blisters in a day or two. They eventually dry into scabs, which drop off. The spots appear first on the chest, back, head or neck, then spread. They don’t leave scars unless they’re badly infected. Children can return to school 5 days after onset of rash. Measles: Starts like a bad cold and cough with sore, watery eyes. The child will become gradually more unwell, with a temperature. A rash appears after the third or fourth day. The spots are red and slightly raised.
They may be blotchy, but not itchy. The rash begins behind the ears and spreads to the face and neck, then the rest of the body. The illness usually lasts about a week. Child can return to school 4 days after onset of rash Mumps: A general feeling of being unwell. A high temperature. Pain and swelling on the side of the face in front of the ear and under the chin. Swelling usually begins on one side, followed (though not always) by the other side. Painful when chewing. Child can return to school 5 days after onset of swollen glands German measles (Rubella): It starts like a mild cold.
A rash appears in a day or two, first on the face, then on the body. The spots are flat (on light skin they’re pale pink). Glands in the back of the neck may be swollen. Your child won’t usually feel unwell. Child can return to school 6 days after onset of rash Whooping cough: The symptoms are similar to a cold and cough, with the cough gradually getting worse. After about two weeks, coughing bouts start. These are exhausting and make it difficult to breathe. Younger children (babies under six months) are much more seriously affected and can have breath-holding or blue attacks, even before they develop a cough.
Your child may choke and vomit. Sometimes, but not always, there will be a whooping noise as the child draws in breath after coughing. The coughing fits may continue for several weeks, and can continue for up to three months. Child can return to school when recovered Tonsillitis:
Sore Throat red and swollen tonsils pain when swallowing high temperature (fever) over 38°C (100. 4°F) coughing headache tiredness pain in your child’s ears or neck white pus-filled spots on your child’s tonsils swollen lymph nodes (glands) in your child’s neck loss of voice or changes to your child’s normal tone of voice No specific advice.
Children return to school when well. Impetigo: Impetigo does not cause any symptoms until four to 10 days after the initial exposure to the bacteria. This means that people can easily pass the infection on to others without realising that they are infected. Bullous impetigo begin with the appearance of fluid-filled blisters, which usually occur on the trunk (the central part of the body from above the waist, but excluding the head and neck) or on the arms and legs.
The blisters may quickly spread, before bursting after several days to leave a yellow crust which heals without leaving any scarring. Non-bullous impetigo begins with the appearance of red sores that usually occur around the nose and mouth. However, sometimes other areas of the face and the limbs can also be affected. The sores are not painful, but they may be itchy. Child can return to school when lesions are crusted or healed. Ringworm: Ringworm often looks like a round, red or silvery patch of skin that may be scaly and itchy. The ring spreads outwards as it progresses.
You can have one patch or several patches of ringworm, and in more serious cases your skin may become raised and blistered. The symptoms of scalp ringworm include: small patches of scaly skin on the scalp, which may be sore patchy hair loss an itchy scalp The symptoms of body ringworm include: a ring-like red rash on your skin – your skin will look red and irritated around the ring but healthy inside. May return to school when treatment has started Flu: Symptoms come on quickly and include fever and aching muscles and make you feel too unwell to continue your usual activities. sudden fever – a temperature of 38°C.
(100. 4°F) or above dry, chesty cough headache tiredness chills aching muscles limb or joint pain diarrhoea or upset stomach sore throat runny or blocked nose sneezing loss of appetite difficulty sleeping Child may return to school when recovered Diarrhoea and Vomiting: Diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach pains and dehydration Child can return to school two days after last episode of diarrhoea/vomiting. Supporting teaching and Learning in schools – L Burnham http://www. nhs. uk/Conditions.