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 From Nurse Maryalice

When should I keep my child home?

Sometimes its hard to determine whether or not to send your child to school when they have a cold. Here are some signs and symptoms to look for: Children who have a drippy nose and are sneezing, have achy muscles and headache, chills, decreased appetite and in general would not be able to attend well to class lessons because of the discomfort from these symptoms should stay home whether or not they have a fever. 

                If they have milder symptoms, they may come to school. All students must be fever-free (without the use of medications) for 24 hours before returning to school, if they had a temperature of 100 degrees or higher.

                Please encourage your children to wash their hands, cover their cough and increase fluids during the school day. This helps to maintain a healthy school environment.  Thank you!


 
Antibiotics Aren’t Always the Answer – Facts About Antibiotic Use

Antibiotics are life-saving drugs. Using antibiotics wisely is the best way to preserve their strength for future bacterial illnesses.

Antibiotics only treat bacterial infections. If your child has a viral infection like a cold, talk to a doctor or 
pharmacist about symptom relief. This may include over-the-counter medicine, a humidifier, or warm liquids.

Some ear infections DO NOT require an antibiotic. Your primary care provider can determine what kind of ear infection your child has and if antibiotics will help.

Most sore throats DO NOT require an antibiotic. Only 1 in 5 children seen by their provider for a sore throat has strep throat, which should be treated with an antibiotic. Your child’s provider can only confirm strep throat by running a test.

Green colored mucus is NOT a sign that an antibiotic is needed. As the body’s immune system fights off an infection, mucus can change color. This is normal and does not mean your child needs an antibiotic.

There are potential risks when taking any prescription drug. Antibiotic use can cause complications, ranging from an upset stomach to a serious allergic reaction. Your child’s primary care provider will weigh the risks and benefits before prescribing an antibiotic.

This information is provided to you from the Center for Disease Control. More information can be found 
at: www.cdc.gov/getsmart or call 1-800-232-4636.

 

The FLU and YOU!

The following resources are being provided to you so you can read the most current information regarding the flu and steps towards prevention.       

  • Children, the Flu, and the Flu Vaccine:

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/children.htm


  • Seasonal Flu Guide for Parents:

http://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2423/

 

  • Flu Symptom Checklist for Families:

http://www.health.ny.gov