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With covid restrictions eased, teachers, children and parents alike will no doubt be looking forward to what will hopefully be a much more settled school year. Whilst it was a necessity to keep covid infection rates down, isolating at home has undeniably caused a great deal of disruption for all concerned. That said, even when covid restrictions have been phased out completely, there will still be times when it is best for children to stay off school. Here the children’s healthcare experts at YourGP explain when and why.
We are all now well aware that if your child experiences a high temperature, a new continuous cough, and / or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste, they must stay at home and take a covid test. There are of course other times when it is best to keep your child at home including:
When children return to school after the summer holidays, many are predicting a rise in the number of cases of common colds and illnesses. One theory is that children will have had much less exposure to colds and other common viruses, having spent so much time at home over the past 18 months, and it is therefore plausible that they may have lost some of their immune defences, leaving them more susceptible when they return to school.
However, there are things we can do to help minimise this. One is get the winter flu vaccination as soon as it becomes available. At YourGP, this is usually available from September, weeks before the NHS, and we offer it to most children from 6months old right through to adults, depending on individual suitability.
Other ways to reduce your children’s risk of infection is to form good hygiene habits at home:
Good hygiene begins at home
Remember, if you do keep your child at home, it is important to phone the school as soon as possible to explain why.
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