Winter weather is now upon us, which means the flu and other winter illnesses will soon follow. 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 remembe
Please take the time over winter break to wash coats, hats, gloves, bookbags, lunchboxes, etc. to prevent the spread of germs when we return to school.
WASH, WASH, WASH YOUR HANDS! This is still the best defense against illness. Encourage your children to wash, especially before meals, using soap and warm water. To ensure they are taking enough time to adequately kill germs, have them sing the ABC song while scrubbing.
Get plenty of rest. School age children should get 9-11 hours of sleep each night. Older children should try to get at least 8 hours.
Drink lots of fluids and eat a balanced diet - especially breakfast! I'm seeing a lot of children in the morning with stomachaches and headaches due to hunger.
Dress appropriately for cold weather. Please help your child choose warm, comfortable clothing for school each day, including socks. Make sure they are wearing a coat and you may want to consider a hat and gloves as well. Even in cool weather they need the exercise and fresh air during recess.
Unfortunately, even with the best care, a virus can make us sick. Cold symptoms are best relieved with rest and fluids and may last as long as 10 days. If symptoms persist longer than this, the child should see a physician. If needed, over the counter medications can be administered at school if the necessary authorization forms are completed. Please keep in mind the guidelines below when deciding if your child should come to school.
Any child with the following symptoms should stay home:
A fever 100 degrees or higher. A child should not come back to school until the temperature is normal for 24 hours without medication!
vomiting or diarrhea
a frequent cough
any rash accompanied by a fever
ear pain and/or eye drainage
sore throat with a fever and/or rash
Please call if you have any questions or would like to discuss your child's illness. If you have a change in address or phone number, remember to contact the school office. It is very important to be able to reach you in the event your child becomes ill at school. Have a safe and HEALTHY winter!
Katie Redmond BSN, RN, LSN
(419)-929-1586 ext. 5123