Common back to school illnesses – paediatrician recommendations


September means time for children to go back to school. Everyday routines of waking up early, eating lunch at school, playing outside and doing homework are back. Children need time to adjust back into a routine. This can be a stressful time for your little one, and with the falling temperatures and increase in bacteria it is only a matter of time before your little one falls ill. There are a few common illnesses that your child might catch once back at school.

The first most common illness is the common cold. According to paediatricians the common cold is not only the most contagious illness that spreads in schools but also the most popular.

Some symptoms to look out for with the common cold are:

  • runny nose
  • coughing
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • loss of appetite
  • in some cases fever
  • sore muscles

Our paediatricians at our private medical clinic in London have one major tip to avoid catching the cold is to wash your hands with warm soap and water.

How do child health specialists treat the common cold?

There is no cure for the cold because it is a virus and generally it will go away on its own. The best thing for your child is to drink lots of fluids and get as much as rest as possible.

Another common disease that takes place in the classroom today is the chickenpox. The chickenpox is most common amongst young children. The chickenpox is a virus that covers your child’s body in itchy red spots.

A list of symptoms that come with chickenpox:

  • itchy, red blisters and rash
  • fever
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • loss of appetite

What do our paediatricians recommend to prevent chickenpox?

The best and most effective way to prevent the chickenpox is get your child vaccinated. Most people who receive the vaccination never develop chickenpox. Please note that while chickenpox is most common in young children or school-aged children, teens and adults can also get sick with the chickenpox.

How do our children health specialists treat the chickenpox?

There is no medication specific for chickenpox however there are a few things that will help:

  • calamine lotion and oatmeal baths; both of which reduce itching
  • lotion such as cocoa butter or vitamin E oil to prevent scares due to scratching and picking at the blisters.

How much does it cost to visit a child’s health specialist/ paediatrician at the private medical clinic in London?

Check out our price-list to see how much a visit to our child paediatrician in our Stratford/ London paediatrician clinic will cost.

When should I take my child to see a paediatrician or children’s health specialist?

Generally with children you can never to be too careful, even for something as minor as a cold sometimes it is best to visit your local paediatrician. Our private medical health clinic in London or Stratford will give you the best advice on how to treat any illness that your child may have caught when at school. Paediatricians can also help parent’s decide whether or not your child should stay home or not when they have the common cold or the chickenpox.

Where are our private medical health clinics located? Paediatrician near me?

We have a medical health clinic in London, North London and in Stratford.

Call us today to book an appoint to our paediatrician – children’s health specialist.