Since children have sensitive immune systems, they’re prone to pediatric illnesses. As kids frequently interact with other kids throughout the school day, the chances of contracting an illness are even higher. To help you spot early symptoms—and schedule an immediate appointment with a pediatrician—below are three common illnesses kids are exposed to in the classroom.
3 Common Pediatric Illnesses in the Classroom
1. Colds & Flu
Both the flu and the common cold spread through direct contact. In the classroom, children often touch communal surfaces—doorknobs, sink handles, and markers—without wiping them down first. If an infected child touches these surfaces, the cold or flu germs they leave behind can contaminate everyone in the classroom. Symptoms of a cold include a stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, and general lethargy; symptoms of the flu include stomach upset, vomiting, and diarrhea.
2. Pink Eye
Pink eye is an infection or inflammation of the thin membrane that covers the eye. It’s also highly contagious and spreads when an infected person touches their eye and immediately touches someone else, or when an infected person touches an object that is then picked up by another person. Pink eye is one of the most prevalent pediatric illnesses, and it is easily treatable, often with antibiotics. Be on the lookout for symptoms like unusually red, itchy, puffy, or watery eyes.
3. Poison Ivy Rashes
This is an allergic reaction a child might experience after touching poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac while at recess or on a school field trip. It produces an itchy and uncomfortable red rash; in more severe cases, there may also be swelling or blisters. Most poison ivy rashes go away on their own within a few weeks, but it's always wise to see a pediatrician, as they can prescribe medication or ointments to speed the healing process.
These are just a few of the illnesses that a child might encounter during a regular school day. If you notice any of the symptoms listed above, contact Tinkelman Pediatrics in Brockport, NY. For over 15 years, Dr. David Tinkelman and his team have been caring for children and young adults throughout Monroe County. Schedule an appointment by calling (585) 637-0060. Visit their website to view a list of services.