Spring Health Newsletter
Spring is here and the glorious weather comes with health concerns…
Allergy Season is Upon Us!
Allergies can cause a multitude of symptoms including sniffling, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, puffy eyes, post nasal drip, headaches and earaches, to name a few. Be sure to consult with your doctor about the best treatment options and limit your time outdoors on the days your allergen counts are high. You can check daily particulate counts on www.pollen.com. Be sure to take prescribed medications as indicated to get your day started right! Practice handwashing and keep hydrated for extra care. Don’t forget to send in a water bottle for your child every day.
Insects and Other Pests
Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac contain oil causing an allergic skin reaction that looks like swollen itchy red bumps and blisters appearing wherever the oil has touched the skin. Check the areas around your home and teach your kids to recognize and avoid it. (Leaves of 3, let them be)
Stinging insects are back. Mosquitoes thrive in warmer weather. As temperature rises, mosquito volume increases accordingly. Remember to apply bug spray if you are going to be out before/after dusk. The CDC recommends applying sunscreen first, then bug repellent. Spray the repellent on your hands, then rub into your child’s skin/face. If you are stung by an insect, remove the stinger as soon as possible with a scraping motion. Wash with soap and water and apply a cold compress. Routinely check for ticks after being outside, especially if you are near wooded/grassy areas. Use tweezers to remove the tick. Grasp the tick near the head (near the skin) and pull firmly/steadily until it “lets go”. Put tick in a bag to identify later if needed.
Please apply sunscreen to your child at home before sending him/her to school - Kindergarteners with morning recess & students with morning PE should have sunscreen applied at home, prior to arriving at school. If you would like to have sunscreen applied to your child at school for afternoon recess and PE classes, you and your child's pediatrician MUST complete the Medical Administration Order Form-Parent/Guardian Consent Form, available on the SPS website and turn it into the nurse's office with a supply of sunscreen labeled with your child's name.
New Season, New Sports
Children are trying different sports and activities that require special equipment. Dust off old helmets, gloves, goggles, etc and make sure they are the correct size and your child knows how to use and maintain equipment. Spring clean your bikes: check brakes, tires, bells and reflectors. Review bicycle/skateboard safety: wear a helmet, follow the rules of the road (ride on the right, use sidewalks).
Flip Flops are not allowed in school due to issues caused with tripping and falling at recess/on play structures and while negotiating stairs. A flat sandal with a secure strap is acceptable.