Preventing back to school illnesses

Kids are exposed to a slew of germs when they head back to school and end up with all kinds of illnesses.

Coughs, colds, diarrhea illnesses, eye infections and strep throat are just some of the common things that ail children.

Pediatrician Robert Wiskind typically sees an increase in young patients about a month into the school year.

Wiskind said most illnesses can be prevented by not sharing food and drinks and frequent hand washing.

“Most colds are spread in a respiratory way from your secretions from your nose, from your mouth, that's why you want to teach your children to wash their hands,” said Wiskind.

Knowing when to keep your child home from school is also an important part of preventing the spread of germs.

Doctors recommend waiting 12 to 24 hours until a fever is gone before sending a child back to school.

Waiting a day is also recommended if they are being treated with antibiotics for strep throat.

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