Illness continues with the arrival of Spring

Please continue to monitor your child for illness prior to going to school daily. Illness; including nausea and vomiting, colds, fever and Strep throat continue to circulate among students and families. We ask that you keep your child home when he/she is ill, this will prevent the spread of illness.  The information  that is posted below may answer any questions you may have about Strep throat.   Please call me at school if you have any questions regarding illness or school attendance policies for illness.

Strep Throat

Please take these precautions:

1. Watch your child for signs of sore throat and other signs of strep (headache, fever, stomachache, rash, swollen and tender neck glands).
2. If your child develops a sore throat and any of these other signs, please see your health care provider, tell her or him that another child in the program has strep, and ask to have your child tested for strep throat.
3. Tell us if your child has been diagnosed with strep infection.

Information about strep throat:

What is it? Strep throat is an infection caused by streptococcus bacteria. People with strep throat usually have a very red, painful throat, often with fever, and sometimes with headache, abdominal pain, and nausea and/or vomiting. Strep with a rash is called Scarlet fever. Most sore throats, however, are caused by viruses and are not treated with antibiotics.
How do you get strep throat? Strep throat can affect persons of any age but is most common in children. The bacterium is spread person-to-person through secretions and is easily passed in households. It takes 2–5 days to become ill. People with strep throat are generally most infectious when they are sick. They continue to be infectious until they have received treatment for a day or so.
How is it diagnosed? A laboratory test, such as a throat culture or a rapid test is needed to confirm a strep infection.
How is it treated? Strep infections are usually treated with an oral antibiotic, starting either with characteristic symptoms or after a strep test is positive. Sometimes an injection of antibiotic may also be used to treat strep.

Why is it important that your child receive treatment? There are two main reasons:

1. Treatment reduces spread. If not treated or not treated long enough, your child may continue to spread the infection to other members of your family or to other children.
2. Treatment with antibiotics can usually prevent rheumatic fever or other rare, but possibly dangerous complications. Rarely, some children with strep throat can develop complications like blood infections or rheumatic fever, which can damage the heart or joints.

When can your child come back to the program? Children with strep infections may return to school after taking medicine for at least 24 hours and their fever is gone.
How do you stop the spread of strep throat?
1. Thoroughly wash your hands and your child’s hands after wiping noses and before eating or preparing food.
2. Wash dishes carefully in hot, soapy water or in a dishwasher.
3. Do not allow the sharing of food or allow children to share cups, spoons, or toys that are put in the mouth.
Sheila Hall R.N.