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Common Childhood Illness


Disease Symptoms Return Date
Chicken Pox Pink spots which change into blisters
for 3-4 days then form crusts.
5-6 days after rash appear or when all chicken pox are scabbed over
Colds Stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, coughing When child can actively participate in all parts of the program
Diarrheal Diseases Abnormal loose stool Diarrhea can be infectious. Child should be kept home until the diarrhea stops and bowel movements return to normal.
Fever The degree of the fever is not as important
as the child’s behavior (cranky, fussy,
irritable, lethargic).
When child can actively participate in all parts of the program
Fifth Disease

(Slapped Cheek)

Mild fever, body aches, rash, cheeks look flushed. Rash progresses to a red raised
lace on arms, legs, trunk, and buttocks.
Once the rash appears the child is no longer contagious.
Flu Sore throat, muscular aches, fever,
chills, vomiting, and diarrhea can
be involved.
When child can actively participate in all parts of the program
Hand, Food, & Mouth Sores inside the mouth, fluid filled
bumps on hands and feet.
When child can actively participate in all parts of the program
Head Lice Itchy scalp, eggs or nits which are tiny
pearly white objects that stick to the
hair shafts.
Please refer to our Lice Policy
Impetigo Spreading sores which can develop golden
color crusty areas. Little dot-like sores
spread around the original sores. Can
appear on face, hands, legs, feet, and
buttocks
24 hours after starting treatment
Mononucleosis Rash, infected tonsils, headache,
extreme fatigue, loss of appetite,
sore throat, and swollen glands
When child can actively participate in all parts of the program
Pink Eye/ Conjunctivitis Tears, redness of the eye lid lining,
irritation followed by swelling and
discharge.
24 hours after starting treatment
Ringworm Small blister which spreads to a large
ring shaped patch.
When treatment begins or with the doctors approval.
Scabies Intense itching which is worse at night.
May appear as a rash or small bumps
that resemble insect bites. Most often
seen between fingers, wrists, forearms,
arm pits, groin area, and waist
After treatment has been completed with a doctors prescribed medicated cream
Strep Throat Red and painful throat. Fever, swollen
neck glands, white patches on tonsils.
24 hours after starting treatment and when the child can actively participate in all parts of the program.

We need to be notified if your child has been in contact with a nuisance disease such as head lice.

Nit Free Policy

~Headstart adheres to a Nit Free Policy designed to prevent the spreading of head lice.  If your child does get head lice we have more detailed info sheets to assist you.  It is mandatory that your child be NIT FREE before they can return to the center.