Cold and Flu Season

posted Jan 9, 2018, 8:20 AM by MaryKatherine Fitzpatrick   [ updated Jan 9, 2018, 8:29 AM ]

Dear Families,  We have come to the time of year to expect cold and flu symptoms.  Some of these are unavoidable, but there are several things you can do at home to help prevent illness and keep everyone feeling healthy.  Here are some tips to remember:

Dress appropriately for cold weather.  Please send your child to school each day with a winter coat, hat, gloves, snow pants and boots.

WASH, WASH, WASH YOUR HANDS!  This is still the best defense against illness.  Encourage your children to wash; using soap and warm water for 20 seconds.

Get plenty of rest.  Preschoolers (3-5 years old) should get 10-13 hours of sleep each night, school age children (6-13 years old) should get 9-11 hours of sleep each night.  Grownups should try to get 8 hours.

Drink lots of fluids and eat a balanced diet - especially breakfast! 

 As a reminder, any child with the following symptoms should stay home:

·       A fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.  A child should not come back to school until the temperature is normal for 24 hours without medication

·       Excessive coughing or sneezing

·       Ear pain and/or eye drainage

·       Vomiting and/or Diarrhea

·       An unusual rash

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions. Have a safe and healthy winter!

Sabrina Marchant BSN, RN

Hosmer Elementary School Nurse

Phone: (617) 926-7751

Fax: (617) 924-4218