MACON, GA.-- - Now that many students are going back to school this week, school nurses say you may notice more kids getting sick, but there are some things you can do to help keep them healthy.
Geraldine Davis has worked as a nurse for more than 20 years. The last four have been at Kay Road Elementary in Byron. She says kids often get sick at the start of the school year.
"They're getting back, they're anxious, they're not getting the proper rest that they need. Their whole setting is changing and their immune system gets low because they're not really eating the way they should be because of the excitement of coming back,” explains Davis.
Pre-K teacher Susie Ledlow says they tend to see several illnesses around back-to-school time.
"We see a lot of strep throat, coughing, things like that and regular allergies coming in, but mainly strep throat is a lot of it,” says Ledlow.
She says a lot of it has to do with kids getting close and sharing school supplies.
"Just being confined in one area and just a lot of germs spreading around. With the younger children, it is a lot harder to teach them to wash their hands and when sneezing or coughing they do the proper things,” explains Ledlow.
But the school nurse says aside from the obvious tips for parents, like washing your hands, it is important to maintain a consistent routine for kids and prevent illnesses from spreading.
"If you send a sick child to school, they're going to spread it, so vomiting, diarrhea, fevers, those are just some warning signs to keep your child at home,” says Davis.
She says pink eye is another thing to look out for that kids can spread while at school. They say just make sure you know your child well and can catch the symptoms early on.
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