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.