Friday, December 22, 2017

Bright Futures information

HEALTH AND WELLNESS 

Healthy students are better learners. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Bright Futures recommends an annual well-child exam to address the physical, social and emotional needs of students. Doing so promotes attendance, enhances the student's ability to fully access and enjoy the educational experience and promotes better academic outcomes. Bright Futures

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The current stomach bug


This week, Porters Point School has had a number of students experiencing symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea and stomach aches/cramping at school. The illness appears to be lasting about 24 to 48 hours, although when just having cramping it can last longer. The cramping seems to last because the children continue to eat their normal diet and the cramping occurs after eating. If you change the child’s diet to bland, with lots of clear liquids, the cramping resolves more quickly

 

While there is not lab confirmation at this time, these symptoms are typical of a gastrointestinal virus, such as norovirus. The illness is most commonly spread by having direct contact with a person who is infected and showing symptoms, touching contaminated surfaces or objects and then placing hands in mouth, or eating contaminated foods or liquids. In order to prevent the spread of this virus in your home and at school, please follow these basic prevention strategies:

 Wash hands after using the toilet.

 

Wash hands before handling food or ice.

 

Wash hands before eating.

 

Refrain from food handling duties if currently ill and for 3 days after diarrhea and vomiting have stopped.

 

Discard foods that have been handled or prepared by someone who is or has recently had vomiting or diarrhea.

 

Promptly clean and disinfect any surfaces that become soiled with vomit or diarrhea.

 

Ill staff and children should remain at home until 24 hours after diarrhea and/or vomiting cease, or until stools are formed.

 
Measures are being taken at the school to prevent further spread of the illness. Please contact your medical provider if your child has ongoing symptoms or if you have any concerns about their health. Please call me,  Mary Axworthy, at (802)264-5923 if you have any questions or concerns.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Falls involving the head

With ice, snow and very wet floors, I am starting to see more falls, many of which involve the head. As you know I always call, even for minor head injuries, just to be safe. I thought I would share with you a very informative resource for your to check out if you would like more information. It is the CDC website and I really like their presentation. https://www.cdc.gov/headsup


Hopefully, we will all have fun enjoying the winter weather that has finally arrived, without any major mishaps. I must admit, I am enjoying the cold and snow.