See this slide show below for a simple guide to the process in a fun way.
Our new school nurse (Kimberly Kiss) visited us recently to give a talk on the service her team provides and some basic information on preventing and treating coughs and colds.
The school nursing service is available for support either through school or directly on the contact details below:
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone number: 01702 534843
For more information on the services they can provide, please see the attached leaflet.
Preventing coughs and colds:
- Hand washing – teach your child to wash their hands thoroughly, paying particular attention to between the fingers and under the nails.
- Use a tissue to blow noses which can then be thrown away as soon as it has been used.
- Healthy diet – including lots of fruit, vegetables and protein (this can include lean meats, beans, pulses and eggs).
- Exercise – staying active whilst well, will help your body’s immune system to fight off potential coughs and colds.
Treating coughs and colds:
- Ensure your child rests if they are feeling unwell and monitor them closely.
- There is no exclusion time period for coughs and colds, if your child still feels well. You can still send them into school, just ensure staff are aware so they can monitor them.
- Drink plenty of fluids – water is best. If your child drinks juice at home, encourage them to drink water by reducing the amount of juice you add each time.
- If your child becomes unwell along with a cough or cold, including a high temperature, paracetamol based medicines are available to reduce pain or temperature and should be taken as instructed.
If your child suffers from persistent coughs and colds, it is advised that you take them to your GP to seek further advice.