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Medicine and Illness

Medicines & Illness


If your child is unwell and you are unsure if they should be in school, please call the school office for advice. We will always contact you if we feel your child is unwell and needs to go home during the school day.


If your child needs to be given medicine during school hours please complete permission forms at the school office. If you would like to discuss your child's health with a member of the School Nursing Team, please make an appointment through the school office.


Common childhood ailments - 


Vomiting & Diarrhoea

These are regularly occurring ailments to children, particularly in a school environment. Most outbreaks are short lived and are not severe. The recommended advice is given from the Health Protection Agency and it is that any child who has sickness and/or diarrhoea must remain at home for 48 hours after the last episode.


Headlice These are small insects, usually greyish brown in colour which can be difficult to see. They are unable to jump, fly or swim but spread by crawling from head to head. They require warmth and suck blood from the scalp. The female eggs glue themselves to the base of the hair follicle and are commonly known as nits. Prevention is the best way to avoid headlice. It is strongly recommended that children with long hair tie their hair back. Regular combing, using thick conditioner, once a week is an effective way of checking and removing any eggs or headlice. Once headlice are present, daily wet combing, using conditioner, is required for 2 weeks. Please see the attached information for more guidance.


Threadworm These are small, white, thread-like creatures that may cause itching or discomfort around the anal region particularly at night. Treatment, which is usually in a tablet form, can be purchased from a chemist and the whole family are often needed to be treated. Good personal hygiene is the best prevention, although it is unlikely to be spread from child to child in school. Impetigo This is caused by a bacterial infection of broken skin, usually on the face around the mouth. Until the lesions are crusted and healed, or 48 hours after the start of antibiotics, your child must remain at home. Athletes Foot,


Hand, Foot & Mouth, Slapped Cheek and Conjunctivitis (if antibiotics are being taken) do not require any absence from school.

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