What are the symptoms for which you will not send your child to school?

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A runny nose, sneezing or coughing can cause alarm in families with small children these days.Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustour

After many children practiced social distancing for years as a preventive measure against COVID-19, health systems are overwhelmed with cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which can cause a runny nose, decreased appetite, cough, sneezing, fever and wheezing.Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustour

Viral infections have always been common. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that almost all children are infected with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) before the age of two. dr. William Schaffner, a professor in the department of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, said immunity developed after infections weakened over time, which can lead to people having more infections during their lifetime.Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustour

dr. Liana Wen, a CNN medical analyst, emergency physician and professor of health policy and management at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health, said the challenge facing public health this year is that many children have stayed at home. as a preventive measure against “Covid-19”.19″, they are also isolated from respiratory syncytial virus infection, which means that more of them will get sick from the first infection, and thus the most dangerous one at the moment.Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustour

Schaffner, also medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, said RSV infections are often mild but can be worrisome for young children, those with underlying health conditions and the elderly.Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustour

Wynn added that this fact does not mean that it is time to panic. She explained that infection with respiratory syncytial virus and other viral and bacterial infections are part of children growing up and developing their immune system.Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustour

Here are the experts who tell you how to assess the child’s condition and refrain from sending him to school, and when he should go to the pediatrician.Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustour

Is it a cold, flu, covid or respiratory syncytial virus?Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustour

Between a cold, the flu, a sore throat or respiratory syncytial virus, Schaffner said, many infections are expected this winter, and they could look quite similar in terms of symptoms. He added that even smart doctors can have difficulty distinguishing when a patient comes to the clinic.Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustour

However, pediatricians are experienced and well-equipped to treat upper respiratory tract infections, even if it’s not possible to tell exactly which virus or bacteria is causing them, Wen says.Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustour

She said that whatever virus or bacteria is causing the cold, headache or sore throat in your home, your child’s age, symptoms and health will likely affect the approach to treatment.Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustour

Should you keep your child at home?Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustour

Ideally, public health workers would like this, because if no child with symptoms is sent to school or kindergarten, they will not be able to spread the infection. But, he added, that advice is not the most practical, especially for parents who have no one to help them or caregivers who have to work.Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustour

He added that home tests can show:Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustour

If the child has COVID-19. But for other viruses, like the common cold, there may not be a good way to tell what it is.Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustour

Wynn said some of the symptoms that could really indicate it’s time to keep your child out of school or daycare include a high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty eating, lack of sleep or trouble breathing.Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustour

When do you send them back to school?Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustour

Schools may have different policies, and it’s important to check the written information or check with the school principal or school nurse, Wen says.Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustour

“Generally, schools will ask that a child doesn’t have a high fever if they’re not using fever-reducing medication,” she added before returning to the classroom.Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustour

When is medical help needed?Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustour

Schaffner said families often do well to bring their children to the pediatrician when they seem tired. However, it is important to remind families that doctors prefer to see children who are not feeling well sooner.Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustour

Schaffner continued that if they seem lethargic, stop eating or have trouble breathing, parents and caregivers would also be justified in taking their children to a pediatrician and seeking medical attention, especially if symptoms worsen.Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustour

He emphasized: “This is not something that cannot be hesitated.”Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustour

Wynne added that for younger babies and children, it may be time to go to the emergency room if they have trouble getting fluids or have dry diapers, flaring nostrils, difficulty breathing and chest tightness when it should be expanding.Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustour

Wayne said families should seek emergency care for school-age children who are having trouble breathing and saying full sentences. Fortunately, most won’t need emergency treatment, and if they do, they’ll usually go home and feel better within two days, Schaffner says.Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustour

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