Health Highlights - January 2017
Posted on 01/02/2017

Nurse’s Notes for January 2017

By Cindy Hudock, RN, BSN, CSN
School Nurse (ext. 205)

HEALTH TIPS:  This is the time of year that we see an increase in illness both in children and adults. Here is some helpful information.


Do you know the difference between the symptoms of the flu and a cold? Flu symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, headache, or muscle aches. The symptoms come on very quickly. It is a good idea to contact your child’s doctor if he or she has these symptoms.

Symptoms of a cold include stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, and hacking cough. The symptoms often come on gradually. If symptoms are severe, it is a good idea to keep your child home to rest and get better, rather than spread the cold to other children at school.

Children need to stay home from school until they are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication to prevent spreading their illness to others.

Preventing the spread of infection is very important. Hands should be washed with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Teach children to cough into their elbow. Do not share drinks, water bottles, or used eating utensils. (Taken from, “When Sickness Strikes: Know When to Keep a Child Home From School. NASN, 9/06)

What to do?

Children should be kept at home if he or she has the following symptoms:
  • Fever, temp. of 100 degrees or more- they may return to school when fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • General malaise or feeling fatigued, weak, or muscle aches
  • Red, itchy eyes with a discharge
  • Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of the nose. 

Please remember if you send your child to school ill, he or she is spreading their infection to other students and staff. They are also more prone to pick up additional infections due to their lowered resistance. If an antibiotic is prescribed for an infection, your child needs to be on it for a full 24 hours before returning to school.

Please be sure to send your child with a heavy coat, gloves and hat for recess. Weather permitting, the children will be going outside for recess.