The nurse’s office has limited space for sick children to wait for parents to pick them up. There have been times that a sick child has had to wait more than an hour to be picked up. If you are notified that your child needs to go home due to illness, please pick them up in a timely fashion. Also, to help limit the spread of infection, sick children need to be kept home and/or be picked up immediately.
are automatic reflexes that can’t be stopped once sneezing starts.
can travel at a speed of 100 miles per hour with a radius of 5 feet!
don’t happen while you’re sleeping, because the nerves involved in nerve reflex are also resting.
To reduce transmission of the virus in schools and the community, students, faculty or staff with influenza-like illness (fever with a cough or sore throat) should stay home and not attend school, after-school activities, or go into the community except to seek medical care until they are feeling better and without fever for at least 24 hours.
New Medication Forms for Diabetes, Allergy or Asthma Action Plans must be filled out for each school year.
Please bring the completed forms with you when you register your child in August.
As a reminder, parents need to supply epi-pens and Benadryl for field trips, so please check to make sure that the ones you provide to school are not expired.
"No medication shall be administered without proper written consent/permission by the parent/guardian and/or physician. All medications must be brought to the nurse in their original container, labeled with the student¹s name and accompanied by the proper form." (Excerpt from the elementary/middle school handbooks.)
This includes cough drops. Post-viral coughs can last for weeks, and if your child needs cough drops to be able to concentrate in class, I will be happy to administer them. But they must be kept in the nurse's office and administered by the nurse.
School Parties and Celebrations
Schools have an extraordinary influence on the development of lifelong eating habits and other healthy lifestyle patterns. The occasions when students can practice making healthy food choices at school serve as opportunities to reinforce the nutrition knowledge learned in the classroom. Additionally, school parties are an opportunity to put food in its proper place as a complement to the fun and not as the main event. Find more information at www.asdk12.org/wellness
Non-Food Ways to Celebrate
• Donate a book to the school library or classroom in honor of the child’s birthday with a personalized gift acknowledgement plate inside
• Donate playground/physical activity equipment- jump ropes, balls etc
• Celebrate with active games chosen by the students
• Have a dance party
• Engage students in a special art project
• Go for a fun run with the principal or local hero (fireman, mayor, athlete)
Healthy Snack Ideas
• Small bottles or cartons of flavored milk, 100% juice, smoothies and water
• Fresh fruit tray – whole, wedges, slices (dip in orange juice to retain color)
• Fresh vegetable tray (baby carrots, grape tomatoes, celery sticks, cucumber spears, red and green bell pepper strips, cauliflower and broccoli florets) with reduced fat ranch or yogurt-based dip
• String cheese, cheese cubes or slices with whole grain crackers
• Low fat pudding cups, low fat yogurt squeeze packs or cups
• Finger sandwiches or sliced wrap sandwich pinwheels
• Pretzels, low fat popcorn, trail mix
• Animal crackers, graham crackers, oatmeal raisin cookies
• Mini muffins, banana bread slices, granola bar slices
Influenza in Alaska
More information is available on the State of Alaska Influenza Surveillance website at: http://www.epi.hss.state.ak.us/id/influenza/influenza.jsp
There are a number of simple things people can do to limit the spread. Hand washing with soap and water or hand sanitizers and covering your cough are effective at reducing spread.
If you do become ill, STAY HOME.
ALL individuals 6 months and older should be vaccinated, and there is still vaccine available. Additional information on vaccine use may be found at http://www.epi.hss.state.ak.us/bulletins/docs/b2010_24.pdf
FDA Approves New Topical Drug for Head Lice
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved spinosad (Natroba TopicalSuspension 0.9%; ParaPRO) for the treatment of head lice infestation in
people aged 4 years and older.
Head lice (Pediculus capitis) are spread most often by close person-to-person contact. They are very common among schoolchildren in the
United States — second only to the common cold among communicable diseases affecting schoolchildren, according to the Mayo Clinic.
A variety of topical over-the-counter medications (eg, pryrethrin and permethrin) and prescription medications (eg, malathion and lindane) are currently available
to treat head lice. "Natroba provides another option for the topical treatment of head lice infestations, which are especially prevalent in the pediatric population,
"Julie Beitz, MD, director of the Office of Drug Evaluation III in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in an FDA statement.
Unlike other medications for head lice, spinosad does not require combing through the hair, according to the manufacturer. A fine-tooth
comb may be used to remove dead lice and nits from the hair and scalp, but is not required, according to the company's Web site.
The safety of spinosad in children younger than 4 years old has not been established, the FDA notes. The agency adds that it is particularly important not to use
the product in infants because it contains benzyl alcohol, which has been associated with serious adverse reactions,
including death, when applied topically to the skin of children younger than 6 months.
Medscape Medical News © 2011 WebMD, LLC
As you may be aware, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released an updated policy addressing the use of car safety seats. The new policy advises parents to keep their toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age 2, or until they reach the maximum height and weight for their seat. The new policy also advises that most children will need to ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall and are between 8 and 12 years of age.
Winter is coming, and this gives us a great way for us to get outside and enjoy the fun and beauty that Alaska has to offer.
However, children often need to be reminded to wear hats, mittens, warm boots, snow pants, and coats when going outside. A child
who better understands that even mild forms of frostbite (frost nip) will permanently damage small blood vessels might take steps to better
prevent or report cold injuries. Since blood flow to the arms and legs is guided by the brain, the addition of wearing a warmer coat or hat can mean the difference between freezing the tip of a toe or not. Once damaged by cold injury, an ear, finger, toe, or limb is never the same and
will always be more susceptible to cold, circulation problems, numbness, and infection. More severe cold injury, or frostbite, is best treated
in a hospital setting with the goal of decreasing the amount of permanent tissue damage. Treatment involves rapid re-warming of the affected
part in a swirling water bath consistent with, but not exceeding 104-107 Fahrenheit (40-42°C). If the water is too warm it can cause more
damage. If it is not warm enough, it won’t save as many small blood vessels (capillaries). If underlying hypothermia is suspected or the cold
injury is beyond superficial, it is best to consult with your health care provider or emergency services.
With all forms of cold injury, prevention is the best medicine.