-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
SATURDAY, Jan. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Children often get colds,
but when they are not feeling well enough to participate in their
normal daily activities or not alert enough to learn or play, they
are too sick to go to school, an expert advises.
"Young children's immune systems haven't learned to recognize and resist most common viruses," Dr. Robert Key, a family physician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Prairie du Chien, Wis., said in a Mayo news release. "That's why, until they're 8 or so, kids seem to bring home everything that's making the rounds at school. Children can typically have six to 10 colds per year."
Key added that there are other signs that kids should stay home
from school, including:
Children who are diagnosed with contagious conditions such as
strep throat, chicken pox and impetigo should not go to school
until they can no longer pass the condition on to someone else, Key
Colds, the "stomach flu," pink eye and strep throat are the
culprits behind most missed school days, Key said. Parents who
notice symptoms that seem worse than a common cold should schedule
an appointment with their child's pediatrician.
The best way children can stay healthy and avoid missing school
is to wash their hands thoroughly and often, Key advised. The U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages people to
wash their hands with soap and water for 15 seconds -- about as
long as it takes to sing the "Happy Birthday" song twice.
The American Academy of Pediatrics provides more tips to help
parents wondering if their child is
too sick for school.
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