What is the best cough etiquette to be teaching our children?
This year has seen a huge increase in the cases of whooping cough in child care centres, and the general public. NSW health is urging people to be up to date with their vaccines, especially those that are either pregnant or are working directly with children, and to be diligent in practicing cough etiquette.
In our centres we have been discussing with the children how we can prevent the spread of germs and how to stop our coughs reaching other people. We would love it if you were able to continue this cough etiquette at your homes. There are easy steps to remember when we cough or sneeze, such as coughing into the crook of your elbow, covering your mouth with your hand then washing your hand after, or using a tissue when sneezing.
NSW have asked that if any parents are unsure if their child may have Whooping Cough they take them to the Doctor as soon as possible and have their child swabbed. If your doctor does do the throat or nose swab please be sure to keep your child at home until the results do come back. If your child is diagnosed with Whooping Cough then a course of antibiotics for 5 days is recommended then a clearance for the child to return back to child care is required.
Spunky Monkeys is distributing a handout for families to use when talking to their child about cough etiquette. If you would like a copy or need further information please email [email protected] or see on of our friendly Centre Coordinators.