The Nurse’s Station
Welcome to the Nurse’s Station. If you haven’t met our nurse, Catherine Fier RN, please stop in and say hello sometime. Nurse Fier does a wonderful job in the nurse’s office. We are so very thankful to have a full-time nurse here at Jackson. You can reach Nurse Fier at Jackson at
Ph 723-6650 or E Mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below you will find some information from Nurse Fier…please check back often as we continue to add information.
Unfortunately Head Lice is always in season. Although I haven’t seen too much of it yet this year it is always important to check your child’s hair weekly for signs of head lice. Lice are transmitted through close contact with those who have head lice by sharing combs, brushes, hats, or sweaters or head to head contact. Anyone, regardless of personal hygiene or economic status can get head lice.
Please call the school to report if your child has lice. Children with lice need to be treated with a medicated shampoo and have nits (eggs) removed from their hair strands. This needs to be done prior to returning to school. Re-infestation occurs when eggs are not removed.
Please feel free to call the nurse (Cathy) if you have any further questions or concerns. I would be more than happy to help in any way I can.
January Brings Winter Weather…Right?
At least it is supposed to. So far we have been pretty lucky this winter in regards to weather. Last year at this time we were getting extreme low temperatures. Unfortunately I doubt this weather will continue until spring, so I want to share some cold weather tips that we all need to keep in mind.
First check to see if your home has a carbon monoxide detector on every level, especially near sleeping areas. Keep them at least 15 feet away from fuel-burning appliances.
If you must use a space heater, make sure that it is a brand that the outer shell stays cool to touch. Place away from doorways and your children’s play areas. Make sure that it is plugged into the proper type of outlet and the cord isn’t blocking any walkways.
Create and practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out of your home in case of fire.
In the car if you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting. Leaving a vehicle running in an enclosed space runs the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. If your car is outside and there is snow present, make sure that it is not blocking your tailpipe before starting it, which can also cause problems with CO2 buildup inside the vehicle.
Keep a small shovel, kitty litter in your trunk and a charged cell phone or car charger when traveling to assist you if you get stuck. Blankets, water, and healthy, snacks is also a good idea in case you need to wait for assistance on the road. If stuck, save gas by running the car for short periods of time to keep it warm and again check your tailpipe to make sure it is not blocked prior to running your car.
When at play, layer warm clothes and have kids come in doors periodically to warm up and change wet mittens/ socks to prevent frostbite. (See below) Use proper gear, like helmets when skiing, snowboarding or playing hockey. Use sunscreen on exposed areas; yes you can get sunburn in winter too!
Frostbite is an injury caused by freezing of the skin and underlying tissues. Frostbite is most common on fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks and chin. Frostbite can happen in a matter of minutes to exposed skin. Frostbite can be very painful and in severe cases a person may need to have surgery to repair or remove damaged tissue.
Hypothermia is another condition that can be a danger if a person remains out too long in cold temperatures. A person becomes hypothermic when their body loses heat faster than they can produce it. Once our body temperature drops to 95 degrees or below you become symptomatic. This can happen more quickly if your skin or clothes become wet, or if you are very young or very old. Did you know that hypothermia can also happen to a person indoors in inadequately heated spaces? Because hypothermia comes on so slowly and causes confusion, a person suffering from it may not realize anything is wrong and could need your help to get treatment. See the signs and symptoms of both frostbite and hypothermia below.
Frostbite: *A slightly painful, prickly or itchy feeling. * Red, white or pale or grayish-yellow skin. * Hard or waxy-looking skin. *Numbness. *Clumsiness from stiff joints and muscles.
Hypothermia: *Shivering. *Clumsiness, stumbling. *Slurred speech/mumbling. *Confusion or trouble thinking. *Drowsiness/low energy. *Weak pulse. *Slow, shallow breathing.
If you suspect hypothermia or frostbite please seek medical attention immediately.
Cold & Cough Guide
Facts & Figures
- 62 million cases of the common cold occur each year
- Colds are the leading cause of doctor visits and missed days from school and work
- Some 20 million school days and 22 million work days are lost each year in the U.S. because of colds
- Children have about 2-6 colds a year on average, mostly because they share space in daycare centers and schools
- Adults have about 1-3 colds each year
Source: “Common Cold Overview” National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Available at: National Institutes of Health
Illnesses like colds are spread mostly through the coughing and sneezing that sends droplets of germs into the environment. These germ-laden droplets then get into someone else’s mouth or nose, and the cold spreads.
Sometimes, germs spread when a person touches a surface – like a desk or a phone – that has been exposed to germ droplets. If this person then touches his own eyes, mouth or nose before washing his hands, the cold spreads. The exposure doesn’t have to be immediate, either: some cold-causing viruses can live for more than 2 hours on a surface like a cafeteria table or a desk. The solution? Stop or reduce the spread of germs. According to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these are the top 3 ways to fight back against the germs that spread colds and coughs:
Teach your child to cover his mouth and nose every time he coughs or sneezes (this applies to adults, too). Ideally, have him use a tissue and then throw it away. No tissue? Then he can use his hands to cover up, and then wash his hands – every time he coughs or sneezes.
Sing “Happy Birthday” (maybe not out loud).
It takes 15-20 seconds to sing the “Happy Birthday” song. That’s how long children and adults should wash their hands with soap and warm water when they clean their hands. It’s a fun, easy way for little ones to make sure they’re getting really clean.
No soap and water handy? For an effective substitute, use alcohol-based, disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers available in most supermarkets and drugstores. With the gel cleaners, your child should rub his/her hands until the gel is dry.
SYMPTOM KEY: A cold or allergies?
How to tell the difference
Does your child have a cough or runny nose? Is she scratching her eyes? Is her throat sore? Does she seem tired? Some of these symptoms could be caused by either a cold or allergies, and it’s important to know the difference before you can help. Generally, if symptoms persist the problem may be an allergy, but you should always talk with your doctor.
Check this list from the National Institutes of Health to help identify the symptoms your child has. Of course, check with your child’s doctor about any health questions or concerns.
|General Aches, Pains||Slight||Never|
|Itchy Eyes||Rare or Never||Common|
|Duration||3 to 14 days||Weeks (for example, 6 weeks during ragweed/pollen seasons)|
During the cold and flu season, it’s important to remind children of habits that can help them stay healthy year round.
- Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough.
- Wash your hands frequently using soap and water.
- Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid sharing cups and eating utensils with others.
- Try to eat enough fruits and vegetables.
- Get enough rest. School children age 5-12 need 10 to 11 hours of sleep per night. Adolescents need around 9 hours of sleep per night.*
For more health and wellness information for parents, please visit our Health Services page at http://www.davenportschools.org/parent-and-student-resources/health-services/
Check out the below link for a Flu Guide for Parents as well.