The winter season is quickly approaching so now is an important time to remember to make sure your child is dressed appropriately before they head out the door to school. Remember that the students will go outside on most days throughout the winter and should be prepared to do so. Winter appropriate clothing includes:
-Hats and gloves
-Socks worn with shoes
-Tights worn with dresses
In order to prevent the spread of infection there are certain precautions you can take. Handwashing is the best way to prevent the sharing of germs. Encourage frequent and proper handwashing for all family members. Another tip to prevent the spread of germs is to wipe off items that are typically ridden with germs including toys, door knobs, faucets and telephones.
The following is a quick checklist for parents to follow when deciding if they should send their child to school or not.
•Your child should be free of a fever for 24 hours before returning to school.
•Your child should have had no vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school. Diarrhea is runny, watery, or bloody stools.
•If your child is unusually tired, he or she is too sick to take part in classroom activities and should stay at home and rest.
•Ear pain / discharge requires consultation with a physician.
•A cough that is bad enough to make your child red or blue in the face or a cough that is followed by whooping sounds is a reason the child should be kept home.
•Persistent green or yellow nasal drainage warrants a call to your child's physician.
•Thick mucous or pus draining from the eye also requires a call to your child's doctor.
It is important to keep your child at home until they have been fever free without medication or have not vomited for at least 24 hours. Colds can be contagious for up to 48 hours. If you return your child to school to soon you may actually slow the recovery process and also expose other children unnecessarily.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Jessica Gonko, RN, BSN
Dubois School Nurse