Weeke Primary School

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Medicines & Illnesses

If you would like to discuss your child's health with a member of the School Nursing Team, or would like to find out more about health issues affecting children, please refer to the link below.



These are small insects, usually greyish brown in colour which can be difficult to see. They cannot jump, fly or swim but spread by crawling from head to head. They require warmth and suck blood from the scalp. The female eggs glue themselves to the base of the hair follicle and are commonly known as nits. Prevention is the best way forward. Regular wet combing, once a week, on the whole families hair is best using thick conditioner. Once headlice are present, daily wet combing is required for 2 weeks, again, the whole family need treating. For more information of options of treatment, please come and collect from the office.


These are small, white, thread-like creatures that may cause itching or discomfort around the anal region particularly at night. Treatment is required via your Doctors and the whole family are often needed to be treated. Although it is unlikely to be spread from child to child in school, encouraging good personal hygiene is the best prevention.


This is a common ailment in children, often caused by a virus and rarely needs treatment. The child can come back to school when their temperature returns to normal and they are feeling well.

Vomiting & Diarrhoea

These are regularly occurring ailments to children, particularly in a school environment. Most outbreaks are short lived and are not severe. The advice we follow is given from the Health Protection Agency and it is that any child who has sickness and/or diarrhoea MUST remain at home for 48hrs AFTER the last episode.


This is caused by a bacterial infection of broken skin, usually on the face around the mouth. Until the lesions are crusted and healed, or 48hrs after the commencement of antibiotic therapy, the child must remain at home.

Guidance of recommended absence from school with other illnesses

Athletes Foot: None
Chickenpox: Five days from the onset of the rash
German Measles: Six days from the onset of the rash
Hand, Foot & Mouth: None
Measles: Four days from the onset of the rash
Slapped Cheek: None
Flu: When the child feels recovered
Whooping Cough: Five days from start of antibiotics or 21 days from the onset of the illness if no antibiotics used
Conjunctivitis: None if antibiotic treatment in use
Mumps: Five days after the onset of the swelling