Dear Parents & Carers,
There are lots of viruses that cause sore throats, colds and coughs circulating at present. Sometimes a bacterial infection can develop in addition to this which can make children even more unwell.
There is a higher number of cases in the UK of scarlet fever than previously recorded. It is important that parents are on the lookout for the symptoms and seeking medical attention promptly as it is treatable with antibiotics.
Initial symptoms include:
- sore throat
- nausea and vomiting.
Further symptoms include:
- fever over 38.3º C (101º F) or higher is common
- white coating on the tongue which peels a few days later, leaving the tongue looking red and swollen (known as ‘strawberry tongue’)
- swollen glands in the neck
- feeling tired and unwell
- flushed red face, but pale around the mouth. The flushed face may appear more ‘sunburnt’ on darker skin
- peeling skin on the fingertips, toes and groin area, as the rash fades
As a parent, if you feel that your child seems seriously unwell, you should trust your own judgement and contact your GP or NHS 111.
Good hand and respiratory hygiene are important for stopping the spread of many bugs. By teaching your child how to wash their hands properly with soap for 20 seconds, using a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes, and keeping away from others when feeling unwell, they will be able to reduce the risk of picking up or spreading infections.
If your child is diagnosed with scarlet fever by a medical professional then please notify the school office immediately.