Back to School Healthful Tips

Colds and Flu   

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Follow these healthy habits:

  • Covering mouths and noses when sneezing and coughing
  • Cleaning hands often with soap and water

Students need to stay home:

  • If they have a fever of 100 degrees or higher and stay home until they have been without fever (without taking fever reducing medicine) for at least 24 hours.
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

Head Lice

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Knowing the facts and how to recognize and treat head lice before it occurs is your best defense against an outbreak!   Here are some basic facts about lice to keep in mind. The link that follows will take you to more extensive information and resources.

Fast Facts:

  • An estimated 6 to 12 million infestations occur each year among U.S. children ages 3-11
  • Head lice often infest people with good hygiene
  • Head lice move by crawling; they cannot jump or fly
  • Head lice do not transmit disease; they do spread with close head-to-head contact

Prevention of spread:

  • Check your child’s scalp often for nits and live lice – it is helpful to use a bright light and magnifying glass
  • Do not to share personal items such as hats, scarves, combs and brushes
  • Keep the information in the links below handy for quick reference!

In summary: current knowledge, early recognition and treatment options may well be the difference between a few cases and an outbreak of head lice. Let us help you “stay in the know”!

http://www.wcpss.net/Page/170

Feel free to contact Ceci Callahan, School Nurse with questions.   ccallahan@wcpss.net

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