Childhood Illnesses

As most parents will be aware, children often develop various illnesses and ailments. If your child suffers from any of the following you don’t need to visit our Emergency Unit or Out of Hours, and can usually receive treatment and advice from your GP or Pharmacist.  Scroll down for advice on how you can treat your child for some of these common illnesses and how long you should keep them away from nursery or school following these conditions. Alternatively you can download the When Should I Worry leaflet which contains useful guidance on looking after a sick child.

When should I worry-Booklet_Wales-with NHS Direct_Oct2016.pdf

How long do I need to keep my child away from nursery or school?
 

 Condition 

Time Off 

Special Notes

Chickenpox

Child can return once all blisters are crusted over – there is no need to wait for all spots to disappear. Avoid pregnant women – any contact during pregnancy should be reported to your GP or midwife. 

Conjunctivitis

None  

Diarrhoea and vomiting

Child can return 48 hours after last episode of diarrhoea/vomiting.  

Glandular Fever

None  

Hand Foot and Mouth 

None  

Headlice

None  

Impetigo

Until lesions are crusted and dry OR 48 hours after starting antibiotics. Antibiotics treatment speed up healing and reduces the infectious period.

Measles

Four days from onset of rash. Avoid pregnant women – any contact during pregnancy should be reported to your GP or midwife.

Molluscum Contagiosum

None Self limiting condition.

Ringworm

Not usually required. Treatment is required.

Scabies

Child can return after first treatment. Treatment is recommended for the child and all household contacts.

Scarlett Fever

Child can return 24 hours after starting antibiotics.  

Shingles

Exclude only if the rash is weeping and cannot be covered. Avoid pregnant women – any contact during pregnancy should be reported to your GP or midwife.

Slapped Cheek

None (once rash has developed). Avoid pregnant women – any contact during pregnancy should be reported to your GP or midwife.

Threadworm

None Treatment is recommended for the child and all household contacts.

Tonsillitis

None There are many causes but most are caused by viruses and do not require antibiotics.

Warts and Verucca

None Verrucae should be covered in swimming pools, gyms and changing rooms.

Chicken Pox & Rash

Diarrhoea & Constipation

Runny Nose & Cough

Dental & Earache

High Temperature & Minor Injury