SUNDAY, Aug. 14 (HealthDay News) -- As the new school year approaches, pediatricians are reminding parents and kids that children with contagious infections, such as strep throat, should stay home from school and receive the appropriate treatment.
According to the experts from the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., strep throat is just one of several common childhood illnesses that could spread easily if parents and children do not take the proper precautions.
"When kids come into contact with germs, they can unknowingly become infected simply by touching their eyes, nose or mouth," Dr. Kate Cronan, medical editor at Nemours' KidsHealth.org and a pediatrician at DuPont, said in a Nemours news release. "And once they're infected by contagious germs, it's usually just a matter of time before other family members come down with the same illness."
During the school year, the experts advised, parents and students should remain particularly mindful of these five common childhood infections:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides more information on childhood illnesses.
-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
SOURCE: Nemours, news release, August 2011
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