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 322-1787 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.
ALWAYS CHANGING PROGRAM
REMINDER !! All 4th and 5th grade Parents. Please return your students permission slip for the “Always Changing” Program no later than May 24th. The Program will be held on Friday, May 26th. We need to have the hard copy of the permission slip here at school. No verbal or phone calls will be accepted. If you need a new slip let us know and we will send one home.
In spite of the cold weather February brings, I am seeing the first signs of Spring… baseball and soccer sign ups! This gives me hope that warmer weather is just around the corner. With the increased activity that sports practices and warmer weather bring , now is the time to encourage your student to get back into the shape they need to be in to play these games safely. We all want to keep our children safe and secure and help them live up to their full potential. Knowing how to prevent injuries from sports and recreational activities, one of the leading causes of child injury, is a step toward meeting this goal.
Gear up! Make sure they use the right protective gear for their activity. (helmets,
wrist and mouth guards, shin guards, knee and elbow pads, cups. Look over any old safety equipment to make sure it is in good condition and fits appropriately.
Warm up! In order to prevent injuries before you play you need to warm up.
Stretches: Stand tall reach to the sky/ touch the ground, gentle stretches of neck,
(left, right and down to your chest). Quadriceps (grab ankle behind you)
Hamstrings, (put on foot on your chair, bend forward) Calf stretch (stand on your
Range of Motion: Arm , wrist and ankle circles. Twist at the waist.
Aerobic Activities; (jumping jacks, jumping back and forth/ side to side, hop on
one foot then the other, imaginary jump rope or dancing.
Strength Building; Overhead book press, bicep curls, heel raises, squats, lunges,
push-ups, abdominal curls/ knee lifts with opposite elbow touches.
Balance: Hold each for 15 sec. On one foot, extend low in front of you, in back of
you and low to either side. Do Yoga “tree” pose.
Practice Up! Practice and learn the skills and proper form of your sport, such as batting, throwing, pitching and catching; the footwork of maneuvering the ball down field, kicks, blocking. Safely and slowing increasing activities to improve their physical fitness.
BE a model of safe behavior, including wearing a safety helmet if needed and following the rules.
Don’t forget…dress appropriately for weather, use sunscreen and insect repellant.
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.