Nurse Corner

Please remember the role of the nurse is:

·         To see to school emergencies

·         To assess injuries or illnesses that occur at school

·         To administer medication with proper forms from the physician/parent

Important Information for parents!

If your child has been ill they may not return to school until they have no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.

·         Washing of hands is the best way to prevent the spread of all flu viruses

·         Cough into your sleeve or a tissue

·         Don't share drinking cups, forks or spoons

·         Keep sick children at home

Here is an excellent website to help you learn how to keep yourself and others healthy during the flu season.

http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/sick.htm

Medication at School:

If your child requires a prescription medication at school, the nurse needs a signed doctor's order, written parental permission and the medication must be in the original container. All three requirements must be met before the nurse can give a prescription medication to your child at school. The medication also needs to be brought to school by an adult.

Simple Ways to Improve Your Health:                   

·         Drink water instead of sugar-sweetened soft drinks and juices.

·         Eat fruits and vegetables at every meal or snack, at least five times every day.

·         Add some activity to your day - a few 10-minute walks a day will add much to your health.

·         Make meal sizes smaller; don't cut out your favorite foods, instead cut down on the portion sizes.

·         Cut down on high calorie, low nutrient foods (deep fried foods, bakery items and fast food).

·         Snack on fruits, veggies and nuts, instead of sugary candy or salty potato chips.

Health & Nutrition:

Please encourage your child to start each day with a healthy breakfast. Look at the lunch menu with your child and encourage healthy choices. Studies show that students who eat breakfast each day are able to function, concentrate and learn better. Food fuels our bodies and allows us to perform at our best.

Need for Sleep:

Children ages 6-11 require at least nine hours of sleep each night.

Establish a regular time for going to bed and stick to it.

Establish a relaxing bedtime routine such as having a warm bath or reading a story.

After dinner playtime should be relaxing; too much activity close to bedtime can keep children awake.

Avoid feeding children big meals close to bedtime.

Avoid giving children anything with caffeine in the late afternoon and evening. This includes Coke, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Fanta and some carbonated sodas.

Set bedroom temperature so it is comfortable, not too warm and not too cold.

Make sure the bedroom is dark, but you may use a small nightlight.

Keep noise level low.

Do not have a television in your child's bedroom. The use of the room is mainly for sleeping!

Ensure mobile phones and computers are switched off, and control that they remain off for the entire night. Some children are known to switch them on as soon as their parents have left the room or gone to bed!

Kids Health website:

Check out the resources available online at

 http://kidshealth.org/

 http://www.nourishinteractive.com/

Thank you,

Żaneta Kępa School Nurse

E-mail:  esnurseThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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