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.
Note from the Nurse:
Well it’s official. Spring must be here, I saw my first robins! Although this winter wasn’t as bad as some it is always exciting when we begin to see the start of better weather. March is such a changeable month when it comes to temperatures. It can be 70 in the morning and 35 that afternoon. Remind your kids that just because it is warm one day doesn’t mean that it won’t be cold the next. Encourage them to dress in layers and always bring a sweatshirt or jacket with them to school. If it’s not raining or snowing the kids do go out for recess. They still need that protection from the elements.
With spring we also start to see seasonal allergies. If your child suffers from the scratchy itchy eyes, nose and sneezing of seasonal allergies it might be time to start administering their allergy medications. If you only give them on an as needed basis and would like to keep some at school, bring the over the counter allergy medicine in the original container and fill out an over the counter form for us to be able to administer them to your child. If it is a prescription we will need a MD order. You can call your Physician and have them FAX us an order at: 563-445-5965.
Spring unfortunately doesn’t mean all the viruses of winter disappear. We still have some influenza and strep throat popping up in the school. These viruses are spread when someone coughs or sneezes and the respiratory droplets are inhaled or land on a surface that you touch and then touch your nose, mouth or eyes. Signs and symptoms include Fever, Cough, Sore Throat, Runny & stuffy nose, Muscle Aches, Head Ache and Fatigue (tiredness). The best way to stop the spread of these viruses is to KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME WHEN THEY ARE SICK. They should stay home until they are fever free for 24 hours without medication.
Remind your children to always:
- Cover the cough and sneezes with a tissue or elbow.
- Wash their hands with soap and water (or use hand sanitizer) after they touch their face, use the restroom and before they eat.
- Not touch your nose or face since that is how germs get into our bodies.
You should also clean frequently touched surfaces and objects with a household disinfectant. Enhance cleaning of high touch surfaces like door knobs, toilet handles and sink handles. Wiping down TV remotes, Game controllers, tablets and phones are also a good idea. If your child has had strep or the flu a toothbrush change will be in order once they are starting to feel better.
Have a Happy and Healthy Spring and Enjoy Spring Break!
Nurse Cathy and Health Aid Tammy
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.
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.