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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.