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Illness Signs and Symptoms
While working with children it can be difficult sometimes to work out what might be the matter with children. This following might help: Common cold / Flu– sneezing, sore throat, runny nose, headache, body - ache Gastroenteritis – vomiting, diarrhoea, dehydration
Tonsillitis – sore throat, difficulty in swallowing, fever, headache, aches and pains Scarlet fever – fever, loss of appetite, sore throat, pale around mouth, “strawberry tongue”, rash over face and body Dysentery – vomiting, diarrhoea with blood and mucus, abdominal pain, fever, headache Chickenpox – fever, itchy rash with blister-like appearance Measles – fever, runny nose, cough, white spots in mouth, blotchy rash Mumps – painful, swollen jaw, painful swallowing, fever
Rubella (German measles) – runny nose, sore throat, headache, slight pink rash Meningitis – fever, headache, irritability, drowsiness, dislike of light, stiff neck, small red spots beneath the skin that doesn’t disappear when pressed Impetigo – red sores around mouth and nose developing into yellow – brown crusts Ringworm – Skin ringworm: ring like red rash with raised rim, Scalp ringworm: scaly patches on scalp which may feel inflamed and tender
Actions to take
All organisations must have one qualified first aider. Many childhood illnesses are caused by viruses. In certain cases the children must stay away from school but the length of time may vary between the type of illness and children. School policies and procedures to take action when a child is ill or in an emergency situation should be followed. In cases of minor injuries the children might not require to be sent home and can be dealt with in the school. Reporting and recording details of actions taken is quite significant. Urgent medical attention
If you believe a severe injury or illness is threatening a child's health then emergency medical treatment must be...