Diseases of Summer
Protect Your Family from Illness this Summer Summer is a wonderful time to enjoy the great outdoors in Rhode Island, but there are also some health risks associated with the season. The Rhode Island Department of Health offers this information to make families aware of potential dangers and health risks, and inform them about how to take proper precautions to prevent disease. Tick-borne Diseases (Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, Babesiosis, Lyme Disease, Powassan) Ticks that carry Lyme disease and other tickborne illnesses can be found in parks, playgrounds, and backyards, but they are most common in very grassy areas and the woods. These ticks are hard to see because they can be as small as a poppy seed! Prevent tick-borne diseases by following these four simple steps: Avoid Direct Contact with Ticks Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter. Walk in the center of trails. Wear long pants and long sleeves whenever possible. Tuck your pants into your socks so ticks don’t crawl under your clothes. Wear light colored clothing so you can see the ticks more easily. Repel Ticks When outdoors, use repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, some oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol. Follow the directions on the package. Use products that contain permethrin on shoes and clothing. Check for Ticks Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within 2 hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you. Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon return from tick-infested areas. Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats, and day packs. Remove Ticks from Your Body (click here to see where to check for ticks) To remove an attached tick, grasp with tweezers as close as possible to the attachment (skin) site, and pull upward and out with a firm and steady pressure. If tweezers are not available, use fingers shielded with tissue paper or rubber gloves. To learn more, see RIDOH’s tick-borne diseases page or the University of Rhode Island Tick Encounter Resource Center.Mosquito-borne Illnesses (Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), West Nile Virus, Zika) Protect yourself against mosquito-borne illnesses by using bug spray with DEET, avoiding mosquito breeding grounds, and taking other preventive measures. What You Should Do Put screens on windows and doors. Fix screens that have holes. Minimize outside activities at sunrise and sundown (when mosquitoes who carry WNV or EEE are most active). If you must be outside, wear longsleeved shirts and long pants and use bug spray. Use repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, some oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol. Follow directions on the package. Put mosquito netting over playpens and baby carriages. Get rid of anything around your house and yard that collects water to prevent mosquito breeding. Remove any water from unused swimming pools, boats, or water features and cover them. Change the water in birdbaths at least two times a week. If you are traveling to an area with Zika Virus, protect yourself from mosquito bites all day long because the species of mosquitoes that carry Zika Virus are active throughout the day, not just at dawn and dusk. To learn more, see RIDOH’s mosquito-borne diseases page. Animal Bites and Rabies Prevent animal bites and rabies by avoiding contact with wild animals such as skunks, foxes, raccoons, and bats, as well as stray cats and dogs. To Prevent Rabies Vaccinate pets. Wear gloves to tend to pets with wounds of unknown origin, or immediately after encounters that have occurred between the pet and either stray animals or wildlife. Cover garbage to prevent attracting animals to your property. Bat-proof your home. What You Should Do Rabies is a serious disease. It is very important to call your doctor right away if you have been bitten by an animal. If you have a bat in your home, call the animal control officer at the police department and the RI Department of Health at 401-222-2577 or 401-272- 5952 after hours. To learn more, visit http://health.ri.gov/diseases/rabies.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 5210 Challenge!
Every child that handed in a completed log received a 5210 Water Bottle!
Keep up the Healthy Habits!
The Stomach Bug
The stomach bug is a highly contagious virus sometimes caused by the norovirus. The infection causes gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines). This leads to diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain. The stomach bug is often called by other names, such as food poisoning and stomach flu. The stomach bug is not related to the flu, which is a respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus.
. The stomach bug causes about 21 million cases of acute gastroenteritis in the U.S..
. Symptoms: frequent diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration (call pediatrician).
. Several strains of the virus exist, so you can get infected and sick many times in your life.
. You are most contagious during active diarrhea/vomiting and first 3 days recovery.
. Wash your hands! Best way to stop spread of infection (all kinds!).
. Keep hands away from T-Zone (mouth, nose, eyes, ears).
. Avoid direct contact, sharing food, drinks and objects used by infected person.
. Keep student home till eating/drinking to sustain them through an academic day and stools are formed (Read more: Letter from Your School Nurse Teacher).
. Stay hydrated and call your Pediatrician if your child shows signs of dehydration.
Check out Links for CDC site on the Stomach Bug.
Please call your school-nurse teacher with any questions/concerns.
Information on Head Lice
Head lice are small insects that live on the hair and scalp of humans and feed on blood. The eggs called “nits” are white specks that look like dandruff, but cling to the hair shaft and cannot easily be dislodged or removed. Lice and Nits do not jump or fly. They usually die after being off a person for 48 hours.
Some symptoms of Head Lice include:
· Itching of the scalp which can be mild to intense.
· Redness noted behind ears or nape of neck.
. Do not use regular shampoo. Contact your pediatrician or pharmacist to choose an effective product.
. Follow directions on product; use fine tooth comb to remove nits. Use daylight.
. Wash bed linens, pillows, scarfs, hats, clothing and towels in hot water and dried in hot dryer.
. Use disinfectant/hot water for combs/brushes.
. Put non-washable items in a plastic bag x 10 days.
. Vacuum carpets/floors/furniture and vehicles.
. Check all family members, siblings, close contacts and treat as necessary.
· Lice are transmitted by direct contact with the individual or in-direct contact with clothing, furniture, sharing brushes,and combs. Bring pillow/brush to sleepovers.
· Classrooms will continue to be cleaned and maintained as usual including vacuuming of carpeted areas.
· No child should be excluded or allowed to miss school because of head lice/nits.
. Parent contact will be made when children have been found to have lice or nits.
. Students may remain in school and take bus home.
. Prompt proper treatment is in the best interest of the child and their classmates.
. Student may return to school after appropriate treatment.
Please call your school-nurse teacher with questions/concerns.
Let's keep all our children and staff healthy!Our goal is to keep our students and staff as healthy as possible this school year. In Health class we are learning about the single most important way to prevent the spread of germs, which is to wash your hands. Please try to reinforce the following steps at home:
"Henry the Handwashing 5 steps"
Before eating, touching any food, preparing snack or meal
After using the bathroom
After playing outside
After touching or playing with a pet
After coughing, sneezing or using a tissue
***Remember to Sneeze or Cough into your elbow.
SPREAD THE WORD NOT THE GERMS!
Please follow these guidelines In order for your child to take cough drops during school hours;
Thank you for helping keep all our children healthy!
Please be advised that there will be a Nurse available in the
Health Clinic from 8:45-12:00 pm daily.
New Links & Resources
Check out the links and resources on the right side of the page. Click on each category and view the available links under each. Topics available are all areas that the students will learn about in health this year.
Please check Friday backpacks for important information about the 5210 program.
5210 is a program promoting a healthy lifestyle for everyone.
Please take a few minutes to view this introduction to the program
Begin with small changes for a healthy body and mind!