çNorth Andrew Health and Wellness
Concerns from the Nurses Desk:
Is It a Cold or the Flu?
|Fever||Rare||Usual; High (100 to 102 Degrees F; occasionally higher, especially in young children); lasts 3 to 4 days|
|General Aches, Pains||Slight||Usual; often severe|
|Fatigue, Weakness||Sometimes||Usual; can last up to 2 to 3 weeks|
|Extreme Exhaustion||Never||Usual; at the beginning of the illness|
|Chest Discomfort, Cough||Mild to moderate; hacking cough||Common; can become severe|
|Vomiting & Diarrhea||Never||Sometimes|
|Treatment||Antihistamines, Decongestant, Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines||Antiviaral medicines - See your doctor|
|Wash your hands often, Avoid close contact with anyone with a cold||Annual vaccination; antiviral medicines - See your doctor|
|Sinus congestion, Middle ear infection, Asthma||Bronchitis, pneumonia; can be life threatening|
What is the flu? The flu (influenza) is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by influenza viruses. There are many different flu viruses and sometimes a new flu virus emerges to make people sick. The newest strain is the H1N1 flu (Swine Flu). Scientist believe that the new H1N1 virus will cause worse symptoms than the regular seasonal flu (Influenza A).
How serious is the flu? The flu can be very serious, especially for younger children and children of any age who have one or more chronic medical conditions. These conditions include asthma or other lung problems, diabetes, weakened immune systems, kidney disease, heart problems and neurological and neuromuscular disorders.
How does flu spread? The flu spreads from person to person through coughs and sneezes of people who are sick with influenza. People also may get sick by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. People infected with seasonal and H1N1 flu shed virus and may be able to infect others from 1 day before getting sick to 5 to 7 days after. This can be longer in some people, especially children and people with weakened immune systems and in people infected with H1N1 flu.
How can I protect my child against flu? Get the flu vaccines for yourself and your child to protect against seasonal flu viruses. Take everyday steps to prevent the spread of all flu viruses. This includes:
Can my child go to school if he or she is sick? No. Your child should stay home to rest and to avoid giving the flu to other children.
When can my child go back to school after having the flu? Keep your child home from school for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone. (Their fever should be gone without them having taken a fever-reducing medicine.) A fever is defined as 100°F or 37.8°C.
Please visit the following website for more information regarding the flu: http://www.cdc.gov/flu
See the research:
Centers for Disease Control
Conservative Lice Treatment
· Olive Oil with vinegar x 4-6 hrs.
· Mayonnaise x 4-6 hrs.
· Remove with Dawn Dish Soap after combing hair completely.
· Then Denorex to slightly damp hair. Leave in x 30 minutes. Rinse.
· Blow dry hair.
· Braid hair if long.
· Do not reshampoo x 2 days.
· Retreat every 5 days x 2 weeks.
Focus on Asthma:
We have multiple students who have been diagnosed with asthma and those who have not had the formal diagnosis, but often have difficulty breathing, frequent cough, and or wheezing.
What is asthma? Asthma is a disease that makes the airways in your lungs inflamed (red & swollen). When this happens, your airways become narrow. You may have symptoms such as coughing, chest tightness, and wheezing. Inflammation can also be present even when you feel fine. If the airways become so narrow that you have trouble breathing, it's called an asthma flare-up (or "asthma attack"). Flare-ups can occur at almost any time - even when you're asleep. This is why a lot of children with breathing problems and/or asthma often have dark circles under their eyes. They are not able to rest very well during the night.
Why do I need to take control? Problems caused by asthma won't go away on their own. You need day-to-day control of the inflammation in your lungs. You also need to control symptoms when you have them. These are lifelong tasks. But the more you stay in control, the better you'll feel. If you don't stay in control:
What are your asthma triggers? To control your asthma, you need to control your triggers. But triggers differ for each person.
Which of these common triggers causes you problems?
|Dust||Household Cleaners||Weather Changes||Illness, such as colds, flu, and sinus infections|
|Cats||Dogs||Other Furry Animals||Birds|
|Mold||Pollen||Strong odors, such as paint fumes, perfume, or cooking odors||Exercise|
|Tobacco Smoke||Cold Air||Hot Air||Emotions, such as laughing, crying, or feeling stressed.|
|Aerosol sprays||Smoke from Fireplaces|
School -- To go or not to go. How do you decide?
|Keeping your child at home if he or she..........||Sending your child to school if he or she..........|
has a fever
|has a stuffy nose but no wheezing|
|wheezes or coughs an hour after taking quick-relief (rescue) medicine||has a little wheezing that goes away after taking quick-relief (rescue) medicine|
|is not able to do usual daily activities||is able to do usual daily activities|
|is breathing hard or very fast||can breathe without extra effort|
|has a peak flow number in the yellow zone and the medicine doesn't help||has a peak flow number in the green zone|
If you would like more information on Asthma please contact Shelly or Heather at (816)567-2527.
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