We are having a great year so far at CTE. I just wanted to go over a few things concerning nursing care, medications, when to keep a sick child home, and other issues requiring children to be sent home from school or to the doctor.
Flu: Flu season is here early this year! You have heard in the news about the Swine (H1N1) flu and soon the regular flu season will be starting. Typically flu season is November to March every year. Flu, both kinds, is a respiratory illness spread by air through coughing and sneezing, and from hand to mouth/eyes. Flu virus can live up to 2 hours on a contaminated surface.
Signs and symptoms of the flu:
*Fever (usually high, 102 or over, with a sudden onset)
*Dry cough, sometimes wet with a lot of drainage
*Runny or stuffy nose
*Gastro intestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are much more common among children than in adults.
If you experience these symptoms PLEAST STAY HOME!!!! Seek medical treatment early. Once you have been exposed symptoms may appear 1-4 days later. You are contagious before the symptoms occur, and approximately 5-8 days after the onset of symptoms. Remember that children must be fever free for 24 hours without medication to return to school.
The single best way to help prevent the flu and reduce the symptoms is to get a flu shot if at all possible. There are certain good health habits that can help prevent the spread of flu also:
*Avoid close contact with people who are sick
*Stay at home if you are sick.
*Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing. Into the elbow it best, if you use a tissue throw it away immediately and wash your hands. If hands are used wash hands or use hand sanitizer immediately.
*Wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently through the day, especially before eating and after bathroom breaks.
*Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth
*Eat a balanced diet
*Get plenty of rest
*Drink plenty of