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Online resource to help parents and carers decide if unwell children can attend school

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NEW online guidance has been launched to help parents and carers decide whether to send their child to school or nursery if they are feeling unwell.

Produced by Hampshire County Council in collaboration with the NHS and local authority partners, the resource provides quick access to information that will help identify a possible health condition from a range of symptoms and whether the child should remain at home.

The council's cabinet member for children’s services, Cllr Roz Chadd, said: "It is always a worry when a child becomes unwell, but it is not always obvious how to care for them and whether you should keep them at home. Parents and carers can now check to identify a possible condition which, in turn, will help them decide whether it is safe and appropriate to send their child to school or nursery."

sick or ill child (52976266)
sick or ill child (52976266)

The new easy-to-follow guidance lists a range of common childhood illnesses and conditions from conjunctivitis to head lice, as well as symptoms such as a high temperature and a sore throat and what these might mean. It includes details about actions to take and when a child should return to education after being treated.

Cllr Chadd added: "This online resource is a great place to start when a child first displays symptoms. I would encourage parents and carers to bookmark the website, so it is easy to find if ever their child becomes unwell.”

The information provided on the 'Should your child go to school/nursery today?' web page is a general guide and has been checked by health professionals. However, if someone is unsure about a child’s wellbeing they should contact their GP, call the NHS helpline on 111 or visit their nearest pharmacy.

If a child has one or more of the following common coronavirus symptoms: high temperature, new continuous cough or loss of taste/smell they should be kept at home and be booked a PCR test online or by calling 119. The child should self-isolate the child at home until test results are received.

For more information visit www.what0-18.nhs.uk/parentscarers/child-unwell-ok-go-nurseryschool-1

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