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Seawell Nurse's Health Corner

Welcome to the Health Corner of Eileen Stough, Seawell's RN serving the daily health needs of our students 

For CHCCS District Health Information and Medication/Health Forms: CHCCS Health Plans (Health Services)

Hi there! My name is Eileen Stough and I've been the school RN at Seawell since March 2007. I was a NICU RN (neonatal intensive care unit) for many years prior to coming here. I moved back to Chapel Hill from Charlotte, NC and enjoy being back in my "hometown"; I'm proud to say that I am a CHHS alum. I received my BSN at UNC-Chapel Hill and my MSN (FNP concentration) at UNC-Charlotte. I am here to help your child with any physical, emotional, or psychological needs within the nursing field. I hope that you contact me if you have health information about your child or any health questions/concerns. 

Please consider donating items for the health room. Here's a wish list: Seawell Health Room Wish List

Here is the district's policy regarding illness (Policy 4230, G): 
G.  MANAGEMENT OF SUDDEN ILLNESS

1. Students with temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit (oral), vomiting, or diarrhea will be excluded from school, and may not participate in school activities until symptom-free for 24 hours.

2. Students with undiagnosed rash may be excluded from school.  If excluded from school, readmission is contingent upon a note from a physician, being symptom free, and receiving appropriate treatment.

3. In the event of numerous cases of sudden illness in a school, the school nurse and principal shall notify the Orange County Health Department for epidemiologic surveillance and recommendations.

Unicef: Why wearing a mask is important during Covid-19

posted Aug 20, 2020, 8:55 AM by Eileen Stough   [ updated Aug 20, 2020, 8:56 AM ]

WELCOME BACK!

posted Aug 19, 2020, 10:31 AM by Eileen Stough

Welcome back to our Seawell families and Welcome to our new Seawell families! hope that everyone had a good summer or as much as one could enjoy during this unprecedented time. I hope that everyone is staying safe and doing their part to keep you, family, friends and neighbors safe. Wear your masks, keep social distances and wash your hands with soap and water!!

For new  Seawell families who are new to NC public schools:

Please make sure that you submit your child's completed health assessment (must be completed, dated and signed by the MD, PA or NP) and complete health assessment. Under normal conditions, they are due by the 30th day after school starts. However, the law as just passed late last week that is extending the deadline. The 30-day grace period will begin on Oct 1, 2020. Therefore, any students still missing these requirements will be excluded from school starting on Monday, Nov 2nd (due to the 31st falling on the weekend). You will receive notifications if your child is missing any of the health requirements. Please feel free to email them to me at estough@chccs.k12.nc.us. 

If you need another health assessment form, please see the attached form. 

For all students with health condition/concerns

Although we will not be in person until Jan 2020 (hopefully), any students who have a health condition (asthma, food allergy, seizures, etc)  that may impact them while at school should go ahead and contact their primary care provider to complete necessary health plans so it will be on file. When we go back, a completed health plan (completed and signed by provider and if not already submitted) and any emergency medication should be brought in by a parent or guardian. The medication should NOT be sent in with your child. All prescribed medications should be in their original packaging with the prescription label on it. All OTC medications on the emergency health plan should be provided in its original packaging as well. Please check the expiration dates on the medication to make sure it's not expired.

Please contact me so that I can get the appropriate health plan to you. 

Feel free to contact me. I miss our Seahawks and hope to see them soon!! Stay safe!

FLU & OTHER ILLNESSES

posted Mar 6, 2020, 8:23 AM by Eileen Stough

Despite the new discovery of COVID-19, the flu continues to be prevalent in the community (as well as other illnesses) and the risk of getting the flu is more likely. Handwashing with soap and water for at least 15-20 seconds remains to be the best defense to preventing illnesses. Hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) should be an alternative to handwashing if access to soap and water is not available. 

REMINDER: If your child is sick, please do not give an OTC medication and send them to school. Here is the district's illness policy (#4230, G) again.

G.  MANAGEMENT OF SUDDEN ILLNESS

1. Students with temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit (oral), vomiting, or diarrhea will be excluded from school, and may not participate in school activities until symptom-free for 24 hours.

2. Students with undiagnosed rash may be excluded from school.  If excluded from school, readmission is contingent upon a note from a physician, being symptom free, and receiving appropriate treatment.

3. In the event of numerous cases of sudden illness in a school, the school nurse and principal shall notify the Orange County Health Department for epidemiologic surveillance and recommendations.

SEASONAL ALLERGIES

posted Sep 23, 2019, 8:24 AM by Eileen Stough

Happy Fall, Y'all!!

It's officially fall today but seasonal allergies have been here for at least a couple of weeks already. Seasonal allergies like any allergy can develop and appear anytime in one's life. Many new to the area tend to experience various fall and spring allergens that they have not been exposed to in the past.

Symptoms of seasonal allergies: 
  • Cough
  • Headaches
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sore Throat
  • Stomachache
Things you can do for seasonal allergies:
  • Keep windows and doors closed
  • Avoid outdoor activities/chores or area where & when allergens can be stirred up (i.e., mowing grass, pulling weeds on a dry, windy day)
  • Wash hands with soap & water or remove clothing when you come inside from outdoors and rinse pollen from skin and hair
  • Consult primary care provider about the use of over the counter (OTC) medications to help alleviate allergy symptoms (oral antihistamines, decongestants, nasal sprays, etc...)
If your child is running a fever, has chills or aches/pains or other symptoms in addition to the above symptoms, (s)he may have a virus or bacterial infection versus seasonal allergies so consult your child's primary care provider with any questions.

2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

posted Aug 26, 2019, 7:47 AM by Eileen Stough

I hope everyone had a great summer and are refreshed for a new school year! Here are some reminders for the beginning of the year.

All health forms can be found on the top of this page or on the district website (under Families then Health Services).
  • If your child has a health issue that requires medications to be given during the school day or need to be kept at school for emergencies, you will need to get the appropriate health plan or medication authorization form completed by the parent/legal guardian and primary care provider (PCP). For example, students with asthma, food allergies and seizures are some of the health conditions. These must be submitted every school year. Any medications need to have the current prescription label on the package or bottle and need to be brought in by the parent. PLEASE DO NOT SEND IN WITH YOUR STUDENT.
  • For all NEW CHCCS students (kindergarten and new to NC public schools), a complete immunization record and completed health assessment must be submitted within the first 30 days per NC state law. This year, the 30th day is Sept 25, 2019. If your student does not have both submitted by 9-25-19, starting Sept 26th, your child will NOT be allowed to remain in school until they are both received. The health assessment must be dated on or after 8-27-18.
Students are not allowed to take any OTC medication during the school day so please so not send any with them (i.e., pain reliever, allergy medication, eye drops, etc...) with the exception of cough drops. Your student can bring cough drops for his/her personal use only (no sharing). Staff are not allowed to apply sunscreen or bug spray on students so please apply it prior to coming to school if needed. 

Students need to stay home or will be sent home for the following: fever (100F or greater), diarrhea and vomiting. The student must stay home until free of any of the 3 symptoms for 24 hours from the last episode without any aid from a medication. 

Please free free to contact me if you have any questions (estough@chccs.k12.nc.us or 919-967-4343, ext 33237). Let's have a great year, Seahawks!

SEASONAL ALLERGIES 2.0

posted Apr 25, 2019, 7:45 AM by Eileen Stough   [ updated Apr 26, 2019, 8:49 AM ]

Spring definitely sprung! Pollen, pollen everywhere! Although everything isn't covered and yellow, the pollen levels remain high. The prominent culprits remain trees; for example, right now it's oak, sweetgum and beech. There are many who have never had seasonal allergies who are exhibiting symptoms. Remember that one can develop an allergy anytime in one's lifetime. Please consult your child's medical provider to discuss treatments, if needed.

Remind your child to wash his/her hands (& face, if needed) with soap and water when they come inside to get rid of any pollen that they may have touched.

SEASONAL ALLERGIES

posted Mar 19, 2019, 9:09 AM by Eileen Stough

Although spring isn't officially here yet, seasonal allergies have been here for a month or two. Recently, the levels have been in the medium-high range especially for trees such as Cedar, Juniper, Oak and Maple. The most common seasonal allergy symptoms are the following:
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Itchy/Sore throat
  • Dark circles under eyes
Consult your doctor or pharmacist about OTC or prescription allergy relief. When the levels are high and/or you experience these symptoms, keep your windows closed, stay indoors and wash your hands (especially after coming in from outdoors).

EVERYTHING IS GOING AROUND

posted Mar 7, 2019, 8:52 AM by Eileen Stough

I'm often asked what illness is going around. The answer is EVERYTHING especially right now...flu, strep throat, stomach virus, common cold, etc. So, please keep your child home if (s)he is sick. The district policy states that one MUST stay home for 24 hours after the last episode of fever (100F/37.8C or greater), diarrhea or vomiting without the aid of any medications

How do you know when the last episode of a fever is? For fevers, if you give a fever reliever and 4-6 hours later (4 if acetaminophen/Tylenol and 6 if ibuprofen/Advil/Motrin) the fever is gone, that is when the 24 hours begins. Or if you don't give a fever reliever then the 24 hours starts when you last take a temp and your child is afebrile (fever-free). Don't forget that if your child has a fever and you give a fever reliever before they come to school, it will wear off and the fever tends to return more often than not. So, you will be called to come pick up your child and then (s)he must stay home at least the following day. 

Handwashing with soap and water is the best defense in staying healthy especially this time of year! Please do your part in helping keep our Seawell family healthy for the remainder of this school year!

THAT TIME OF YEAR

posted Feb 7, 2019, 5:49 AM by Eileen Stough

It's that time of year where there are various forms of illnesses rearing their ugly heads! Of course, there's always some illness going around but right now, it's everything (the flu, common cold, stomach virus, strep throat, etc...).

Please keep your child home if (s)he is sick to prevent the spread of the illness as well as providing the rest needed so that your child will be well enough to attend school. The district policy requires that any persons with a fever (100F or greater), vomiting or diarrhea have to go home/stay home until they are symptom-free for 24 hours without the aid of medications. Remember that even if you give your child a fever reliever (or other medications), the medication will wear off and the fever will return; when this happens you will be called to come pick your child up and they will have to stay home the following day. 

The best prevention is handwashing with soap and water, NOT hand sanitizer. When cleaning and disinfecting, be sure not to cross contaminate areas being cleaned. Please be sure to read, understand and follow all label directions of cleaning products being used. 

Let's have a great rest of the year! Stay healthy, Seahawk families!

FLU SEASON

posted Feb 1, 2019, 8:20 AM by Eileen Stough



FLU FACTS
  • Flu season runs from October to May.
  • Both colds and flu are caused by viruses so antibiotics are ineffective.
  • Flu shots can be given to help build immunity against the flu but remember that it takes up to 2 weeks to become effective.
  • If the antiviral drug (Tamiflu) is started within the first two days of illness due to the flu, it can help reduce the duration of the illness but it cannot cure it outright.
The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold and symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness and dry cough are more common and intense.

How should the flu be treated?
  • Get plenty of rest by staying at home. The flu is contagious for 5-7 days after flu symptoms appear
  • Do not return to school or work until you are fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of medications
  • Drink plenty of liquids and get plenty of rest
  • Avoid using alcohol and tobacco
  • Take medication to relieve the symptoms of flu (but never give aspirin to children or teenagers who have flu-like symptoms – and particularly fever – without first speaking to your doctor.)
Good Health Habits to prevent getting sick or getting others sick:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick.
  • Stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent exposing your illness to others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze and wash hands afterwards.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth since germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
  • The most important thing that you can do to keep from getting sick is to wash your hands frequently.
WHY WASH YOUR HANDS?

Frequent hand washing gets rid of germs that you have picked up from other people or animals as well as contaminated surfaces. If the germs you've picked up from other sources remains on your hands, you can infect yourself when you touch your eyes, nose or mouth as well as passing on germs to others.


When should you wash your hands?
  • Before, during, and after you prepare food
  • Before you eat and after you eat
  • After you use the bathroom
  • After you sneeze, cough (if you use your hand or tissue to cover your mouth and nose) or blow your nose 
  • After handling animals or animal waste
  • When your hands are dirty
  • When you or someone in your home is sick
What is the correct way to wash your hands?
  • First, wet your hands and apply soap. 
  • Next, rub your hands vigorously together and scrub all surfaces (front, back, wrist, around thumbs, and in between fingers).
  • Continue for at least 15 seconds. It is the water and soap combined with the scrubbing action that helps dislodge and remove germs.
  • Lastly, rinse well and dry your hands. If possible, use clean paper towel to turn off water. Remember to change hand towels regularly.

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