ashcroft surgery,

Newlands Way, Eccleshill, Bradford, BD10 0JE, West Yorkshire, UK

Useful Numbers

  • CALL 111 –  open 24 hours for help with medical problems of short duration and sudden onset
  • ANY LOCAL PHARMACIST for good advice about medicines, minor illness
  • DISTRICT NURSES: 01274 256 131 for wounds, dressings, elderly people
  • HEALTH VISITORS: 01274 221 223 for advice about babies and children
  • MIDWIVES: 01274 623 952 if you’re pregnant
  • National Coronavirus Support Line 0333 880 6619

Infectious diseases in children

Is your child infectious?

The following lists the times that your child will be infectious to other children ifthey have the following conditions:

Mumps: 3 days before salivary gland swelling in the cheeks to 7 days after
Chicken pox: a few days before the onset of rash develops and not more than six days after first lesions appear
Measles: from the start of fever/flu-like symptoms to 4 days after the onset of the rash
Rubella: one week before onset of rash until 4 days after
Whooping cough: one week after exposure until 3 weeks after onset of symptoms (but only 7 days if antibiotics given)
Scarlet fever: 10-21 days after the rash onset (but only one day if penicillin given)
Slapped cheek disease: for up to 14 days before the onset of the rash. A child is no longer infectious once the rash has appeared

Does your child need to stay off school?

Keep your child off for five days from school:

  • from rash onset – chickenpox, german measles (rubella), measles
  • from starting antibiotics – whooping cough (pertussis), scarlet fever
  • from onset of swollen glands – mumps

Keep your child off from school until the condition has settled for 24 hours:

giardiasis; salmonella; shigella
Keep your child off from school until lesions crusted or healed:

Keep your child off from school until treated:

Conditions where there is no recommended period to be kept away from school (once the child is well):

influenza; cold sores (HSV); molluscum contagiosum; ringworm (tinea); athlete’s foot; hand, foot and mouth disease; roseola; slapped cheek disease (parvovirus); warts and verrucae; conjunctivitis; glandular fever; head lice; non-meningiococcal meningitis; thread worm; tonsillitis

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