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Cold vs Flu

Colds are a rite of passage this time of year. Symptoms of a common cold usually appear about 1-3 days after exposure to a cold-causing virus. Signs and symptoms of a common cold may include: runny/stuffy nose, itchy/sore throat, cough, congestion, mild headache, sneezing, watery eyes, low-grade fever, and mild fatigue. Treatment for the common cold should include: drinking lots of water and other fluids, chicken soup (it really does boost your immune system), get enough rest (students need 10-11 hours every night), keep your room warm but not over heated (a cool mist humidifier or vaporizer can help) and gargle salt water every few hours.
Initially, the Flu may seem like a common cold. But colds develop slowly. The flu tends to come on suddenly and you usually feel much worse. Symptoms can include: fever over 100 degrees, aching muscles (especially in your back, arms and legs), chills/sweats, headache, dry cough, fatigue and weakness and nasal congestion. Treatment includes; drinking plenty of fluids (choose juice and warm soups to prevent dehydration), get plenty of sleep to help your immune system fight infection and consider using an over the counter pain reliever such as Tylenol(Acetaminophen) or Advil/Motrin(Ibuprofen).
Students with fever should be kept home until fever free for 24 hours.

Lice

The head louse is a tiny, wingless parasitic insect that lives among human hairs and feeds on tiny amounts of blood drawn from the scalp. Lice (the plural of louse) are a very common problem, especially for kids. They’re contagious, annoying, and sometimes tough to get rid of. But while they’re frustrating to deal with, lice aren’t dangerous. They don’t spread disease, although their bites can make a child’s scalp itchy and irritated, and scratching can lead to infection.
Here are some simple ways to get rid of the lice and their eggs, and help prevent a lice re-infestation:

  • Wash all bed linens and clothing that’s been recently worn by anyone in your home who’s infested in very hot water (130°F [54.4°C]), then put them in the hot cycle of the dryer for at least 20 minutes.
  • Dry clean anything that can’t be washed (like stuffed animals). Or put them in airtight bags for at least 3 days.
  • Vacuum carpets and any upholstered furniture (in your home or car), then throw away the vacuum cleaner bag.
  • Soak hair-care items like combs, barrettes, hair ties or bands, headbands, and brushes in rubbing alcohol or medicated shampoo for 1 hour. You also can wash them in hot water or just throw them away.

Because lice are easily passed from person to person in the same house, infested family members also will need treatment to prevent the lice from coming back.
If a child complains of an itchy scalp or is seen to be scratching excessively, they will be seen by the nurse and their parents notified. There will not be mass screenings or classroom notification.

  • Does your upcoming freshman need some extra money this summer?  Check out the job opportunities available with the Summer Youth Employment Program at the Department of Parks and Recreation.
  • Chadd, Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, is a national non-profit organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD, as well as a support group located in Newark.
  • With the approaching cold and flu season quickly approaching, take a moment to visit Know Your Dose.  It contains a wealth of information regarding the use of Acetaminophen (Tylenol).  Acetaminophen is in MANY cold/flu preparations and too much can cause liver damage.
  •  AI DuPont Hospital for Children has a Concussion Clinic on-site.  They offer Baseline Testing for any child older than 10 years.  They accept appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 5 – 6 pm.  The number to call for an appointment is 651-5600.  The fee is $12.  Baseline testing is a good idea in the event a child has an injury and develops concussion symptoms.  Knowing pre-concussion information is an important part of any post-concussion treatment plan.  More information is available here.
  • MedlinePlus has great information about TONS of health conditions – videos, pictures, easy-to-understand instructions medication info, games, etc.  It has information regarding adults, children and even pets.  The site is sponsored by the U.S. Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Definitely worthy of a bookmark.
  • The DEA has relaunched an extremely informative drug education website for parents, educators, and caregivers.  Visit it here: http://getsmartaboutdrugs.com/
  • As many of you are aware, Passport to Awareness was held at Brandywine Springs on October 25th on Make a Difference Day.  This event was sponsored by atTAcK addiction, a cause near and dear to BSS Nurse Becky King and custodian Matt Keister.  Our Sports Ambassadors are organizing a Bobcat Team to participate in atTAcK addiction’s 5K race, E-Racing the Stigma, on February 28th. Contact Mr. Metrinko if you or your student are interested in participating. Prizes will be given for best costume, team spirit, etc. Last year several schools sent teams of students and athletes. We hope to see lots of Bobcats there!
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