By: Yemi Alade, Director, Pharmacy Operations

Going back to school, a time for new friends and adventures, also increases exposure to the germs that cause childhood illnesses.

For example,

  1. Strep Throat
  • Sudden painful sore throat, fever, swollen tonsils.
  • Bacterial infection that spreads easily.
  • The diagnosis can be confirmed by a healthcare provider using a throat swab that needs to be sent off to a lab for testing.
  • Needs prescription for antibiotics, like penicillin or amoxicillin, to treat the infection.
  • May also need Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen to manage the symptoms of pain and fever.
  1. Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
  • Viral infection that causes, mild fever, a rash or red blisters or spots on the hands, feet, and mouth and feeling tired.
  • Common, very contagious, mostly affects infants and young children under 5 years old.
  • Care at home with over-the-counter medications for fever and pain.
  • It is important to stay well hydrated.
  1. Viral gastroenteritis (Stomach Flu)
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and belly cramps.
  • Lasts a few days.
  • At home care with rest and fluids to prevent dehydration

To protect your child and prevent spread, teach them to:

  • Keep hands away from mouth and eyes.
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or their elbow.
  • Always wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.
  • Stay home if feeling sick or have a fever.

If your child becomes sick:

  • Most viral infections resolve on their own. Treat with rest, TLC, and plenty of fluids.
  • If symptoms persist, especially a fever of 38C (100.4F) or more, or if the fever spikes to over 39C (102F), see a healthcare provider.