Child Care

2. Know what to do when children or young people are ill or injured, including emergency procedures.
2.1 Identify the signs and symptoms of common childhood illness.
When taking on the role of teaching or learning support assistant, it is often a person will work closely with individual children. Therefore it is more likely for you, to notice when they are unwell and may be incubating an illness. You may notice illness within a child in a few different ways;
• A child may look pale
• Appear more tired or lethargic
• Has dark rings round eyes
• Is quiet or irritable
• Has lost their appetite
• Looks flushed or has a rash
Recognising the symptoms and signs are illness is important, but it is not your role to diagnose the child or jump to conclusions. If a child is to display signs of a common illness, the school with inform parents so that the child can be taken home.   In older children it is often the case that they will be able to explain how they are feeling. If you are working with a younger age group, or children with communication difficulties, they may not be able to tell you their symptoms.
Below shows a list of some illness’ common in young children, also below states the symptoms and when children should be well enough to return to school.

Depending on different illness’, depends on the length of time a child or young person must stay away from school, this also depends on the type of child who has the illness. Advice should be given on how soon a child or young person should return to school and this is shown in the table able. When a child has measles and mumps, the local authority should be notified.
If the illness meningitis is suspected immediate medical help should be sought. It can be a difficult illness to spot in the early stages but can quickly become life-threatening. Children with meningitis may be displaying any of the following signs;
• Fever
• Joint or muscle pain
• Severe headache
• Neck...