Preschool Health and medicine


Sickness and illness is a fact of life for a child. In a preschool this can get even worse. This is normal. However if you take some sensible precautions you can avoid needless illnesses. Fall and and spring is when children fall sick the most. This is because of the changing weather conditions. So make sure your child is always well dressed and properly cared for. It will be avoid aggravation for you.


Signs of illness may be non specific. The child may look and act differently. There may be unusual paleness, irritability, unusual tiredness or lack of interest. Do not send your child to school on days when any of the following symptoms are present: fever, rash, cough, diarrhea, vomiting, discharge of mucous from nose or eyes.


State law requires your child’s medication to be in the original prescription container with written instructions and a signed release permitting staff to dispense the medication. The medication must be delivered to the classroom teacher by the adult, not the child.


Antibiotics prescribed must be given for at least 24 hours before your child can attend school. Many illnesses are considered non contagious after administration for 24 hours. Please ask your physician specifically and relay this information to the center's staff. Any new medication, never prescribed before, should be given for 24 hours before returning to the center HYGIENE Wash frequently and cut finger nails every five days. Children frequently put their hands in their mouth so clean short nails are essential. Check ears and clean gently. Clothes should be washed and clean for school. Wash your child's school blanket once a week.


During winter layer clothing for children. They often get hot during play and will take of jackets and tops shirts. Having another 2 layers underneath protects them for chills. During fall when starts to get hot switch to lighter clothing but still layer them. GOOD FOOD A good health diet with excess sugar is the key to prevent illness. A variety of fruits and vegetables, high quality meat and more importantly sufficient food will keep your child healthy. Please avoid junk food with food coloring and other additives.


Your child stays home if these guidelines are exceed.

TEMPERATURE : 100.6 rectally. Child should be without fever for 24 hours before returning to school CONJUNTIVITIS which is an eye infection commonly referred to as “pink eye“. The eye is generally red with a burning sensation and there is thick yellow drainage secreted. The eye may get stuck after sleeping. RASHES that you cannot identify or that have not been diagnosed by a physician. BRONCHITIS: This can begin with hoarseness, cough and slight elevation in temperature. The cough may be dry and painfully, but generally becomes painful. IMPETIGO; A skin condition that shows up as red pimples. These eventually become small fluid filled spots surrounded by reddened area. When the blister breaks, the surface is raw and weeping. DIARRHEA : Watery or greenish bowel movements that look different and is much more frequent than usual. The school usually uses a criteria of two diarrhea BM’s before calling the parents for pick up. MEASLES: Incubation period of 10 - 14 days. First symptoms: fever, runny nose, cough, rash. Period of communicability: from cough, runny nose - nine days; after rash appears - five days. GERMAN MEASLES: Incubation period 14 - 21 days. Same symptoms as measles. Period of communicability: four days after start of rash. CHICKEN POX: Incubation period 13 - 17 days. First symptoms - slight fever and rash. Period of communicability: not more than one day before nor six days after appearance of rash. MUMPS: Incubation period: 12 - 26 days. Symptoms: fever, swelling, and tenderness in salivary glands. Period of communicability: seven days before symptoms until nine days after appearance of symptoms. POISON OAK: What can be said? Late at night when you’re sleeping.?!! HEAD LICE: No nits, no lice—clothes, beds, everything and everyone needs the treatment if we’re to prevent infestations. COMMON COLD: Discharge? Green stuff? Stay home. Fever? Stay home. Vomiting? Stay home. Diarrhea? Stay home