Notes from the Health Clinic
Although the weather will be getting cooler and we would rather stay inside where it is warm it is very important to continue to spend time outside being active. Fresh air and sunshine are as important if not more important this time of the year. Sunshine gives us the necessary Vitamin D we need to help us use Vitamin C which will help boost our immune system. Getting plenty of rest and eating healthy balanced meals will also help support your immune system.
Please remember if your child is not feeling well, has had a fever or vomiting within the last 24 hours keep them home until they are asymptomatic for at least 24 hours without medication. This will help your child to get rest and recover faster and also help keep the other students and faculty well.
Thank you for your help in keeping OLV a healthy school.
Catholic School Health Report (PDF)
Medication Policy and Permit Form (PDF)
Asthma Emergency Care Plan (PDF)
Food Allergy Action Plan (PDF)
Caring for cuts and scrapes
Your children are having fun playing in the yard or on the playground when suddenly their happy sounds turn into tears. They have fallen and scraped their knee or have a minor cut. After you check to see what the problem is, and reassure them they will be ok, here are a few things you will want to do to promote healthy healing of the wound.
Anytime there is a break in the skin, there is danger of infection. To lessen this danger, properly wash your hands and the wound with lukewarm running water. Be sure to wipe away from the wound to avoid contamination. If there is embedded dirt, do not try to remove it yourself, seek medical attention.
Most cuts stop bleeding on their own, but if they do not, apply pressure directly to the wound with a clean gauze pad.
The most current medical advice is to cover the wound, rather then to let it "breathe." Some adhesive products have a sticky surface that surrounds the non-stick pad in the center, this seals out the dirt and germs.
Be sure to cleanse the wound and change the bandage daily or when it gets wet or dirty. Most wounds heal well without antibiotic ointments. If you have questions concerning how it is healing, or if the child continues to complain of discomfort, be sure to check with your pediatrician.
Information for this article was taken from The Citizen - a publication printed for Fayette County.
Protecting your children from sunburn is very important. Melanoma is one of the most common cancers in young adults and carries the highest risk for mortality.
Exposure to ultraviolet [UV] radiation as children and adolescence plays an important role in future development of melanoma. The sun is most harmful throughout the period of 10:00am and 2:00pm.
When your child is playing outside, even if it is cloudy or overcast, it is best to apply sunscreen. There are lots of good sunscreens available for children. Look for the SPF [sun protection factor] number on the label.
Your child should always wear sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15.
To help alleviate pain and heat, take a cool [not cold] bath or apply cool wet compresses to the skin.
Pure aloe vera gel [available in most pharmacies] or directly from the leaves of the aloe vera plant is excellent for relieving sunburn pain and helps the skin heal faster.
Re-hydrate the skin and help reduce swelling by applying topical moisturizing cream.
1% hydrocortisone cream may be applied in a thin layer to the most severely burned areas.
Please consider volunteering in the clinic. Experience is great, but not required.
Hours: M-F 7:50 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.
To volunteer, please contact the Front Office at (770) 306-9026, Ext. 300.
What Causes Fall Allergies?
Ragweed is the biggest allergy trigger in the fall, it can last into September and October. About three-quarters of people who are allergic to spring plants are also allergic to ragweed.
For some people who are allergic to ragweed, foods like bananas, melon, zucchini, and certain other fruits and vegetables can also cause symptoms.
Mold is another fall trigger, mold spores love wet spots inside and outside. Piles of damp leaves are ideal breeding grounds for mold.
Tips to Manage Symptoms
Stay indoors with the doors and windows closed when pollen is at its peak (usually in the mornings). Check pollen counts in your area.
Before you turn on your heat for the first time, clean your heating vents and change the filter. Bits of mold and other allergens can get trapped in the vents over the summer and will fill the air as soon as you start the furnace.
Use a HEPA filter in your heating systems to remove pollen, mold, and other particles from the air.
Use a humidifier if you need to, to keep your air at between 35% and 50% humidity.
Wear a mask when you rake leaves so you don't breathe in mold spores.
Does you child have Allergies?
Helpful hints from the Clinic
Allergy season is here. The American Academy of Pediatrics has allergy and asthma tips for parents to help their kids cope with and treat their symptoms. Some allergies are easy to identify and some are more subtle.
Here are some common symptoms of allergies:
Repeated or chronic cold-like symptoms that last more than a week or develop at the same time every year. These may include runny nose, nasal stuffiness, sneezing, throat clearing, watery eyes, coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing and other respiratory symptoms. If coughing increases at night or with exercise, you may suspect asthma.
There are also simple steps you can take to limit your exposure to the pollen or molds that cause your symptoms:
At Home Help
1. Keep your windows closed at night and if possible, use air conditioning, which cleans, cools and dries the air.
2. Try to stay indoors when the pollen or mold counts are high. If your symptoms are severe, wear a pollen mask if long periods of exposure are unavoidable. When you return indoors, take a shower, shampoo your hair and change clothes.
3. Avoid being responsible for mowing lawns or raking leaves. This stirs up pollen and molds. Also avoid hanging sheets or clothes outside to dry.
4. When traveling by car, keep your windows closed.
5. Take any medications as prescribed.
At School Help
Please send a mask for your child to wear during recess and other outdoor activities
Always check with your pediatrician before treating with any antihistamines or decongestants.
Information from: http://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/library/at-a-glance/outdoor-allergens.aspx