Below we have provided some useful information about a number of medical illnesses that have or possibly will affect students at Moonee Ponds West Primary School. Being aware and detecting these conditions early will help minimise the spread within the school.
Head lice are common in school-aged children they are transmitted by having head to head contact with another child/adult.
There are pamphlets available from the office given information regarding detection and treating the head lice and eggs.
If you do find head lice or eggs on your child’s hair you need to inform the school and advise when treatment commenced. Health regulations requires that where a child has head lice, that child should not return to school until the day after appropriate treatment has commenced.
Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease:
This is a mild illness and it’s not related to a similar name disease that affects cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and other ‘cloven-hooved’ animals.
Hand, foot and mouth disease is caused by a virus, its symptoms are a fever, not interested in food or drink, runny nose, sore throat and lack of energy. It’s recognised by blisters on the hands, feet and in the mouth-mostly occurs in warmer weather and tends to spread easily where a lot of young children play together, such as in child care centres and schools. The blisters appear 1-2 days after the first symptoms and may last 2-7 days.
The child with the disease is infectious until the blisters dry up, children should attend school until all the blisters have dried up.
There is no treatment which will make Hand, food and mouth disease go away more quickly. However, giving paracetamol for fever, plenty of water (avoid acidic drinks) will assist with the recovery. See the doctor if the child is unwell, has a bad headache that persists or runs a high temperature.
Chickenpox (Varicella) is a highly contagious viral disease caused by the varicella-zoster Virus (VZV). The main symptom is a blistering skin rash. Outbreaks are more common in winter and early spring. Children and adults can be immunised against chickenpox.
Children with chickenpox should not go to school until the last blister has dried. Please tell the school if you child has chickenpox, as other children may need to be immunised or treated.
Every year during grass pollen season there is an increase in asthma and hayfever symptoms, and during grass pollen season, there is also the chance of a thunderstorm asthma event.
What causes thunderstorm asthma events?
Thunderstorm asthma events are thought to be triggered by an uncommon combination of high grass pollen levels and a certain type of thunderstorms, resulting in large numbers of people developing asthma symptoms over a short period of time.
Those at increased risk at this time include:
- People with asthma, people with a past history of asthma
- Those with undiagnosed asthma (i.e. people who have asthma symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed with asthma)
- People with hayfever who may or may not have asthma
Having both asthma and hayfever, as well as poor control and self-management of asthma, may increase the risk further.
Further information see Asthma Foundation of Victoria https://www.asthmaaustralia.org.au