It’s winter once again, which means it gets dark at 5, you’ve got snow piling up outside, and it’s flu season. The flu virus causes upper respiratory infections, and can include symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. It is most often spread when a person with the flu sneezes, coughs or talks. It can be spread on surfaces, but this is less common.
If your child comes down with the flu, it’s best to keep them home from school and other activities for at least a few days. It’s recommended that you keep your child home for at least 24 hours after any fever has broken. This means that the fever has gone down on its own, and not with the aid of any medications. If they are still struggling with other symptoms, such as a persistent cough or runny/stuffy nose, they should also stay home until those symptoms clear up.
It may seem harmless for a sick person to go back to their normal activities before they are completely well, but there are some for whom the flu could be quite dangerous. Children who are younger than five years of age, and those with asthma or other health disorders can become very ill if they contract the flu. It can also be dangerous for pregnant women and the elderly. It’s important to remember who your child may come in contact with when deciding how soon they should resume their activities.
We know that your children love their classes at Dance Pointe, and we love seeing them each week. However, if your child is sick please keep them home for a few days to get better. It’s important for them to get the rest that they need, and we’d like to keep our other students and teachers healthy. We’ll be excited to see them once again when they are well. Thank you!
Before we go, here’s a quick tip on how to properly wash your hands, which is one of the best ways to stop the spread of germs and to stay healthy. Follow the steps below to wash your hands right every time.
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold)
- Turn off the tap and apply soap
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel