From Nurse Meghan
TIPS TO HELP STAY HEALTHY AND AVOID ILLNESS
- Stay home when you are sick - if possible stay home from work, school and errands when you are ill, you will help prevent others from catching your illness, try to avoid close contact with those who are ill
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth - this is how germs are spread
- Cover coughs and sneezes, use a tissue then dispose of it. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects frequently, especially those that are touched often and when someone is ill
- Wash hands for 20 seconds under clean, running water - this can help prevent the spread of germs. If you cannot wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Adapted from National Association of School Nurses
WHEN TO KEEP A CHILD HOME WITH ILLNESS
It can be hard to know when to send children to school if they tell you that they do not feel well. Usually, the best place for them is in school, but there are some times when keeping them home to rest or call for an appointment with your health care provider is recommended.
Please keep your child home and/or contact your child’s doctor for:
- Fever greater than 100° (taken by mouth)
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
- Severe sore throat along with fever and feeling ill for more than 48 hours, or after exposure to Strep throat infection
- Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth or rash on other body parts
- Large amounts of mucous (liquid) from their nose, with face pain or headache
- Severe ear pain or fluid coming from the ear
- Severe headache, especially with fever
If your child has a fever, it is not a good idea to give them medicine like Tylenol or Advil and send them to school because as soon as the medicine wears off, the fever may return and you will be called to come and pick up your child.
Please keep children home for 24 hours after the fever ends or they have completed 24 hours of medication if prescribed by your health care provider.
If you find your child is frequently asking to stay home from school, if they are falling behind or appear anxious about school, or if there does not appear to be any physical symptoms, contact your school nurse and your health care provider to discuss your concerns.
Remind children to throw away used tissues, cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze, keep their hands away from their face, and to wash hands often with soap and warm water will help keep everyone healthier.
Please call us with any concerns or questions.
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:
- Seasonal Flu Guide for Parents:
- Flu Symptom Checklist for Families:
Emergency Phone Numbers
Please notify the front office (897-1752) or my office (897-1753) when your phone numbers change or if Emergency Contact information changes. It is essential for the protection of your child to be able to reach someone in case of emergency.