Parents can prevent the spread of strep throat at home if someone in the house has already been diagnosed with a strep infection. Be certain that all your family members thoroughly wash their hands after wiping noses and before eating or preparing food. Make sure you wash all dishes, cups and utensils thoroughly in hot soapy water or in a dishwasher. Also do not allow the sharing of food or eating utensils.
If your child unfortunately does get sick, you must keep them home from school if s/he has:
A fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the past 24 hours (or has taken a fever reducing medication within the past 24 hours).
A cold in the active stages: coughing, running nose, sneezing.
A sore throat and/or swollen neck glands.
An undiagnosed rash or skin eruption.
Vomiting or diarrhea during the past 24 hours.
Head lice that have not been treated.
If you are uncertain if your child might make the other children sick, you should contact the school nurse or your doctor before sending to school. It would be wrong to infect the rest of the students and teachers with your child’s illness.
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