Scarlet Fever – Advice for Parents
If you are concerned that your child has symptoms of scarlet fever, please follow the advice below:
- Scarlet fever is usually a mild illness, but it is highly infectious. Therefore, look out for symptoms which include a sore throat, headache, and fever, along with a characteristic fine, pinkish or red body rash with a sandpapery feel.
- Parents should contact their GP or NHS 111 if they suspect a child has scarlet fever, because early treatment of scarlet fever with antibiotics is important to reduce the risk of complications such as pneumonia. If a child has Scarlet Fever, they should stay at home until at least 24 hours after the start of antibiotic treatment to avoid spreading the infection to others.
- NHS page about Scarlet fever.
- UK Health Scarlet Fever and Strep A.
- Should my Child go to School.
- Group A Strep and Scarlet Fever.
- Healthier Together.
While in school pupils will need to:
- Wash hands regularly or use hand gel throughout the day
- Cover the nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing and deposit used tissues in a waste bin and clean hands
- Keep hands away from eyes, mouth and nose
If you have any concerns, please contact the school office
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