5 Health Concerns To Be Aware of with The Start Of School Year

by Kathy Sykes on August 16, 2012 · 3 comments

Now that school has started, we need to be aware of some of the health concerns that can affect our kids during the school year.

1. Make sure your child is up-to-date on all immunizations. This is a requirement for school age children in most states but some may be behind. Be sure YOUR child meets requirements. Check out my article at Your Virtual Pharmacist about how to be sure your child is up-to-date.

2. Child Allergies. Your teacher should make you aware of any child that has a specific allergy in the classroom so that everyone can be mindful of snacks that they bring into the classroom. Some of the most common allergies are to peanuts, strawberry, and lactose intolerance. There are great allergy alert bands that children can wear that notify teachers and staff of a potential allergy.

3. Head Lice. Most teachers can detect if there is a head lice problem in the classroom. The school should notify the parents of children of the suspicion and you should take action accordingly.

4. Germs and Hygiene. All children should be taught the proper way to wash and clean their hands, as well as, how to cover their noses and mouths when coughing.

5. Pink Eye. Conjunctivitis is a highly contagious infection and any symptoms of pink eye should be reported to the child’s parents and the child should be kept home until symptoms resolve. It is very important that all desks and toys be sanitized as needed.

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Elizabeth @wynnegraceappears.com August 16, 2012 at 8:28 am

I am visiting from Denise’s. We are neighbors there. It is a pleasure to meet you. What a wonderful blog. So glad to “discover” it. Blessings to you and your ministry. wishing His grace, Elizabeth

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Kathy Sykes August 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Thanks for stopping by Elizabeth. That is my middle name. Hope to get to know you better.

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Kathy Sykes September 15, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Thanks Elizabeth for stopping by!

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