WINTER WEATHER TIPS FOR HELPING YOUR CHILD STAY HEALTHY
1. Remember, that it is important to drink water in the winter time to stay hydrated and keep skin moist.
2. Dress your child for the weather. Remember that layers are best so jackets can be removed on less cold days.
3. Scarves, gloves, and hats are a plus on cold, windy days.
4. Put chapstick on your child's lips every day they go out to prevent chapped, painful lips.
5. Since cold and flu season is upon us, encourage your child to keep their hands washed. If they get the sniffles , medicine may be left with the nurse at school with a signed medication authorization form that you can pick up at the office for your convenience. Medicine has to be brought by an adult and form signed if you want nurse to give the medicine.
6. If child has a temp of 100.0 F or above, they need to be kept home until there is no fever for 24 hrs.( with fever reducing medicine) before returning to school.
7. Make sure your child gets plenty of rest.
8. Get plenty of fresh air. Staying indoors alot has a drier humidity and dries out nasal passages which invites germs.
9. Eating a good varietyof foods helps build up immune system. A good vitamin helps.
10. Always talk to your doctor and follow his advice on keeping your child healthy.
HEAD LICE TIP: Check your child regularly for signs of head lice .If you find it before the school does, you can take care of the problem and your child won't have to miss school.
Candee Adkins with Alabama Department of Public Health states any student entering 6th or 7th grade in the fall of 2011 will be required to provide documentation of an adolescent Tdap booster or an exemption. There should be a minimum of 5 years since the last tetanus-containing vaccine.
Beth Brock, RN
Lead School Nurse
Cullman County Schools