The child’s need to be absent from school or kindergarten represents a crisis for working parents on the one hand, and thinking about what he will miss on that day, and the biggest crisis: Is my son honest in what he says? Is he really sick or pretending to be absent?
Sometimes the child’s illness is clear to his family, to the point where it is impossible to force him to go to school, or leave him with a relative, but sometimes the child’s condition does not seem so bad, and the decision becomes difficult, and it bears some doubts.
With the world going through the crisis of the spread of the Corona virus, and the second wave coinciding with the return of schools and the return of parents to work, we must pay attention to the symptoms that if the child complained of them, staying at home and nursing him became a necessity.
A child should not be forced to go to school with a temperature of 38 ° C or higher. A fever is not only a sign of some kind of infection, but also means the spread of germs inside his body, and there is no opportunity with it to be certain that the situation will get better or worse. While giving the child the medicine may lower his temperature, it will not prevent him from infecting other children.
Some schools are not obligated to consider the fever a sufficient symptom of the child’s absence and the possibility of him being infected with the Coronavirus, and experts expect that school policies will vary in different regions, and that they will change throughout the school year; Therefore, the child’s temperature is required to be below 37 degrees Celsius for 24 hours before returning to the school day.
Pediatrician Claire McCarthy, assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, stresses that parents should not be content with lowering the temperature by relying on ibuprofen or acetaminophen derivatives. Otherwise, if the child’s temperature is 37 degrees Celsius or less, it is not a fever, but it depends on the child’s complaint, as the disease may be in its early stages, and it becomes more severe during the school day.
A cough that doesn’t stop
Most of us strive to stop a cough by giving the child one of countless over-the-counter cough medicines and decongestants, but there is little evidence of their effectiveness. It may calm coughing and shortness of breath and keep him awake, but it hides many of the body’s signals about his illness. Coughing is one of our primary defense mechanisms. This irregular expulsion of air, mucus and microbes spares us all kinds of infectious and inflammatory lung diseases.
These signs may appear on your child if he coughs without stopping, or anything different from his way of breathing, and this not only requires him to stay at home this day, but also requires contacting the doctor, even if his cough does not seem to hinder him from playing and learning.
Pain sporadically in the body
There are some pains that can be relieved with medication as long as the child is behaving normally. Such as a mild headache, or a mild knee infection.
Do not give the child a sedative if the pain is more than mild. Pain is always a sign that deserves to be watched, especially since chills, muscle pain, and excessive pain in the lower neck and around the body may be signs of infection with the Coronavirus in children, and in all cases, you must contact the doctor and the child is absent from school.
Vomiting or diarrhea
Some tolerate these two symptoms in children as long as they do not include a spray that spreads the infection, but stomach pain and disorders may indicate a serious infection, such as the Corona virus or norovirus, the main cause of acute gastroenteritis among all age groups around the world.
These two viruses are spread in many ways, including shaking hands, flying spray, sharing food, neglecting hygiene after a child vomits, and polluting the surrounding air.
The previous symptoms indicate the possibility of the child becoming sick, not necessarily being infected with the Coronavirus, but with the return of schools and the exit of the child outside our control, those symptoms that clearly indicate the possibility of infection with the Coronavirus must be observed, along with the previous symptoms, which are: a rash, redness of the whites of the eyes, and swelling Neck lymph nodes, red and chapped lips, red tongue, swollen or irritated hands or feet, and unusual sleepiness or general weakness.
Therefore, doctors advise children to be vaccinated against respiratory diseases before they return to school, especially some children who suffer from special conditions such as breathing problems, weak immune system, low weight, and those whose necessary vaccinations are delayed in the first two years after birth. And if you notice any of the previous symptoms after returning to study, talk to your doctor.
The decision will depend on a set of factors including the condition of your child, the extent of the virus spread in your community, if you have any cases of infection or potential infection in the family, and what preventive measures the doctor adheres to during the examination.