The sick list: Spotting and treating 5 contagious illnesses and ailments your child may encounter

You get a school notice about head lice in your kid’s classroom and know your first-grader has been scratching her head incessantly. Or you take your football-playing son to the doctor with what you think is an infected spider bite, and it’s diagnosed  as the bacterial skin infection MRSA.

Many illnesses that are easily spread peak in the fall and winter months, and this is particularly true among kids as they settle into school routines among their equally germ-prone peers.

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