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Stomach "flu"????

posted Oct 4, 2016, 5:55 AM by Beth Benham

Here's two links to good and easy to read pieces on recognizing and treating stomach upset in children.  



Got head lice?

posted Aug 9, 2016, 6:38 PM by Beth Benham

Eeewwwww!  No one wants to think about it, but before your children "head" back to school, how about you give them a thorough head check?  Although often discovered after the start of school when kids come back together after summer break, head lice cases often start during summer vacation, when many kids have more playdates, sleepovers, and even go to sleep away camp, all of which affords those long extended head to head contacts that make it easy for lice to crawl a short distance from head to head.   You can get a good headstart on a beginning case by doing a very close examination now.  Never had it and don't know what you're really looking for?  Check out my links and detailed info in the Head Lice section of this site.

Tick borne disease prevention

posted May 26, 2016, 11:57 AM by Beth Benham

Some good info recently came along the school nurse list-serve from the NH DHHS.  You can access it at this link below.  Here is an addendum that was sent along today.

Permethrin treated clothing is more effective than DEET at repelling ticks.  Permethrin clothing spray, available at Walmart and other places, is applied when you are not wearing the clothing, and is allowed to dry.  The treatment lasts for 6 weeks or 6 washings.  Clothing purchased already treated with permethrin is effective for 60 washings - basically the life of the garment.  You can also send your garments to Insect Shield and they will treat them for $8.33/garment based on sending 3 garments, again, it is effective for 60 washings.

Good Information for family health and safety

posted Mar 21, 2016, 8:50 AM by Beth Benham

Please access the NH Healthy Homes newsletter at this link:

There's important information in a variety of areas. 

Strep throat continues

posted Mar 21, 2016, 8:47 AM by Beth Benham

Strep throat continues to pop up in some of our students.  I've had parent reports of it in Kingergarten, 2nd grade, 4th grade and 8th grade in the last 3 weeks.  Please see earlier posts for more information.

Strep Throat: it's here again!

posted Jan 28, 2016, 6:20 AM by Beth Benham

There have been reports of strep throat in at least two of the three third grades in the last week or two, as well as scattered cases in other grades. Here's my blurb on strep throat:
Please be alert to any symptoms your child may be having. Fever is not always present or may rise suddenly and sometimes fever is present but the throat is not particularly sore. Headache, stomachache and nausea and vomiting sometimes accompany strep throat. Sore throats that soon turn into colds or coughs are usually associated with a virus and are self-limiting. If you suspect your child may be ill with strep throat, please see their doctor and mention that there has recently been a case in their classroom. Rapid strep tests are helpful but not always accurate. A throat culture should be done and those results take a couple of days. Strep throat will usually go away on its own eventually, but in rare cases the bacteria will travel to vital organs and cause life threatening illness, which is why we always treat it with antibiotics when it's diagnosed.

Important Community Event

posted Dec 10, 2015, 7:17 AM by Beth Benham

    Below is a flyer about a very timely and important opportunity for anyone concerned about a loved one struggling with opiate or prescription drug abuse.  There's not many of us these days who don't know someone whose life has been touched by this epidemic.  Please take note and if you don't feel the need to go, consider passing along to someone else.

Winter Safety Tips

posted Dec 10, 2015, 6:55 AM by Beth Benham

Here are some good safety tips for the family in winter time:

Mrs. Benham has completed certification!

posted Dec 8, 2015, 5:22 AM by Beth Benham

Soul Lightening International is pleased to announce that Beth Benham, RN, LMT, of Nottingham, NH, has earned their certification as a Clinical Acupressure practitioner.  SLI’s certification process involves attendance at a minimum of 132 hours of clinical instruction, supervised practice sessions, mentorship with an advanced practice certified teacher, successful documentation of non supervised practice sessions, community service, and completion of a written essay exam as well as a practical exam.  Continuing education is required to maintain status as a certified practitioner.

CA is derived from traditional acupressure, which uses touch on specific points to release and re-balance the way energy flows through the body. Specific point combinations are held with firm, gently finger pressure as the body, mind and spirit return to balance. This method of working with the human energy system was developed and refined by Aminah Raheem, PhD., who has been teaching this for over 25 years and is the founder of Soul Lightening International. You may visit their website at www.soullightening.com for more information about their mission and work.

Mrs. Benham earned her B.S. in Nursing at the University of New Hampshire, has been an R.N. in active practice for 20 years, and a licensed massage therapist since 2002.  She is the school nurse at Northwood School.  Beth also has a private practice in Nottingham, where she works with clients toward pain and stress relief, relaxation and rejuvenation through therapeutic bodywork like acupressure and massage.  She loves to teach clients and students and colleagues how to manage stress through acupressure self-help techniques, like the Seva Stress Release.

Welcome Back!

posted Sep 3, 2015, 5:34 AM by Beth Benham

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