Food allergies are becoming more prevalent…believe it or not, most literature attributes that to us being too clean and too germ-a-phobic. Children are not being able to build up their immune system that requires exposure to germs to mature and be functional. Therefore, we need to be very proactive in our readiness for students’ allergies.
OTHER HEALTH ISSUES
(ie: asthma, seizures, migraines, etc…)
Please print out the Medication form, Medical Examination Report and the Healthcare Management Plan (if necessary).
As the school nurse, we are not allowed to dispense any oral medications without a MEDICATION FORM. This form must be completed and signed by your child’s doctor and by you. If you know that during the year your child is going to be regularly seeing the orthodontist (which typically causes some discomfort), or has chronic headaches or stomach aches, you may want to get the MEDICATION FORM completed during their summer doctor visit for the upcoming school year. This will save you a trip to school to give medication.
IS MY CHILD TOO SICK FOR SCHOOL?
fever – can come to school IF temperature <100 F for 24 hours without medication
vomiting – if vomits, must stay home for 24 hours
red eyes – if no history of allergies but awakes with goopy, sticky, yellow eye gook, take to doc to evaluate…probably conjunctivitis (pink eye); 24 hours on antibiotic eye drops before returning
diarrhea – would you want to go to work or shopping if you had diarrhea??
sore throat – if no temp, stomachache, headache or swollen glands, can come to school; with these additional symptoms, should go to doc to be strep tested
stomach ache – no associated symptoms, go to school; if accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea, fever or no interest in play, keep at home
colds – if fever free and not hacking up a storm, send them. If persistent phlegmy cough and seems cranky or lethargic, or with fever or wheezing, home with mom. Remember that coughs can last for several weeks…annoying, but not infectious