Wednesday, March 7, 2018



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There is no worse feeling than holding a helpless sick child in your arms as they cry in pain from illness.  There is nothing you an do for them except cradle them and rub their heads.  A virus has taken over their little bodies.  Antibiotics do not work on this illness.  The doctor says to let it run its course...  OH WAIT,  you can give them over the counter medicine.  

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Cold Medicine

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Just remember to use these medicines safely:
       Medicine is still medicine even if you bought it over the counter (without a prescription from your doctor)
       Children are children and aren't simply little adults when it comes to medicine.
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The FDA has 10 rules to remember when administering medicine to children.  

1. READ and FOLLOW the label.  If the label says the drug cannot be given to children under 6, it is not safe for children under 6.  The facts and directions on the label are for the safety of your children.  These are not benign medicines

2. Know the ACTIVE ingredient in medicine and do NOT double dose.  For example, a medicine for pain may have the same active ingredient as a cold medicine for multi-symptom cough medicine, making it unsafe to give those medicines at the same time. The active ingredient in Tylenol is acetaminophen and acetaminophen may also be present in cold medicine.  Too much acetaminophen can be dangerous for anybody.

3. Talk to the experts and ASK about what to give and when, and which medicines can be given together.  Some medicine doesn't mix well. Ask your doctor, pharmacist, or nurse at your doctors office which medicine can be given together and which ones need some time apart.  
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4. Give the RIGHT medicine in the RIGHT amount to your child.  Medicines are sold in many different concentrations under the same name for different ages.  For example Tylenol is sold in infant, child and adult concentrations.  Choose the concentration that is appropriate for the age and weight of your child. Always follow the directions on the package.  NEVER give more than recommended by the package because your child is sicker than last time.  

5. Use the dosing tool that comes with the package or one that you obtained from your pharmacist.  Do NOT use a kitchen spoon or just guess on the dosing.  

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6. Know the difference between a teaspoon (tsp) and a tablespoon (tbsp). A tbsp holds 3x as much as a tsp.  A tsp is equal to 5 cc or 5ml. 
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7. Know how much your child weighs.  Pediatric dosing is weight based.  If you have questions on how much medicine to give your child call your doctor. 
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8. PREVENT a POISONING emergency.  Keep all medicine out of reach of children and use a childproof cap.  Talk to older children about medicine safety.  
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9. The poison hotline is open 24 hours a day and the number is

10. Triple check your medicine: 
         1. Check it at the store - look for tears or cuts, make sure you have the right dose for your child
         2. Check again when you get home, look at the lid and seal
         3. Check size shape and smell, if you notice anything off contact a health care professional prior to administering, and triple check dosing. 

Keep those kids safe and as comfortable as possible when they are sick.  

More information can be found here: FDA website

or from your pharmacist or your doctor.  

Monday, January 22, 2018

New Year's Resolutions

With the end of January approaching it is common for us to get busy and push aside our New Years Resolutions.  At this time of the year we need motivation to keep us moving toward wellness.  I am proud to notify you that Yarmouth Elementary School has partnered with 5-2-1-0 again this year to help keep our students and staff healthy. 

5-2-1-0 website

YES Embodies this message every day!
At YES we have 3 recesses per day for exercise, and movement breaks are encouraged in the classroom with several teachers using GONOODLE.  The salad bar has many options for fruits and vegetables. Activities during school hours do not include food that doesn't offer a healthy option.  

5-2-1-0 Lets Go is taught in Health classes to 2nd and 3rd graders

Yarmouth School Department has a Wellness Policy that embodies the 5-2-1-0 philosophy, and can be viewed HERE

Friday, November 17, 2017


With the holidays approaching and the focus on food and food sharing, it is important to keep in mind those among us with food allergies and how to keep them safe.


The percentage of children with a food allergy has increased by about 50% between 1997 and 2011. One in 13 children in the U.S. now has a food allergy. Around 15 million people in the United States have a food allergy. -

Any food can be an allergen. The most common food allergies are milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish and tree nuts.

Avoiding the allergen is the only way to keep a person with an allergy safe, and we all need to do our part this holiday season.  

- Label ingredients in all dishes
- Do not cross contaminate utensils used in food prep for shared         food items

- Wash your hands before and after food prep
- Be prepared to react to an allergic reaction, have a safety plan          and an emergency kit on hand
- Know the signs and symptoms of a reaction

The most severe allergic reaction a person can have is called anaphylaxis, and this can be very dangerous.  The signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis are:

-Skin rashes, itching and hives
-Swelling of the lips tongue or throat
-Trouble breathing, wheezing (whistling sound while breathing)
-Dizziness and or fainting
-Stomach pain, diarrhea, or vomiting
-Feeling like something awful is about to happen

An EpiPen is a life saving medication for a person having an allergic reaction, always call 911 after administration.  

The only way to determine a true allergy is to get allergy testing.  An allergic reaction looks very different from a food intolerance:

Be SAFE and Happy Holidays!!

For more information click here

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


Lice have become a problem at Yarmouth schools with several confirmed cases.  Lice do not discriminate with infestations happening at all socioeconomic levels.  Lice is not an indicator of poor hygiene or health.  Lice do not carry disease and simply cause itching and at times redness in the scalp from bites.

Identifying Lice:
Nits can be found adherent to the base of the hair shaft

The nits look like this and are about 1mm 

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The adults look like this and are between 2-5mm, you may see fewer than 10 adults
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The following treatments are recommended. Please begin treatment as soon as possible and send your child back to school so that he/she does not miss opportunities in the classroom.

To remove head lice and nits:

• Use a fine-toothed louse or nit comb. These combs may be included within packages of chemical treatment or you may buy one from most drug stores or pet supply stores. Combs with metal teeth spaced close together seem to work best.

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• Hair should be cleaned and well-combed or brushed to remove tangles before using a louse comb. Clean the louse comb frequently to remove any caught lice or eggs. Some parents report that water, vegetable oils or hair conditioners help lubricate the hair and ease combing; others report that these make it more difficult to see the eggs.

• Sit behind your child, and use a bright light (and magnification if needed), to inspect and comb through the hair, one small section at a time.

• Repeat combing until no more active lice are observed.

• Comb daily until no live lice are discovered for two weeks. It may take several hours each night for several nights to tackle the problem. An entertaining video may help keep the child occupied during this time.

• Adult female lice cement eggs to the base of a hair shaft near the skin. As the hair grows, eggs are moved away from the scalp. Eggs more than ¼ inch from the scalp are nearly always hatched and do not mean live lice are present.

• Combs, brushes, hats and other hair accessories in contact with an infested person should be washed in hot water each day to dislodge any lice or nits.

• Combing is sometimes painful to the child or it may be impractical for other reasons. In these cases, consider using anti-louse products. Speak with the school nurse or your child’s doctor for advice.

• Head lice may be treated with shampoos specifically labeled for head lice.

• Read and follow the label directions carefully and specifically. This is very important. Parents should use caution when dealing with any insecticide, particularly on children.

• If the package directions indicate, apply a second treatment 10 days later to kill lice that hatch after the initial treatment.

• Pediculicides do not remove the eggs from the hair.

• You should not treat anyone who does not have live lice (or nits close to the head) and do not use these products as a prevention method to avoid lice.

• Combing can help further reduce the number of live lice and nits on the hair.

• In some cases the over-the-counter products fail to eliminate live lice. Your child’s physician may then order a prescription for treatment of head lice. As with any treatment product, follow the directions carefully. Ask your physician, the school nurse or the pharmacist if you don’t fully understand the directions. Do not apply any insecticide or other chemical not specifically labeled for treating head lice on people. Well-intentioned parents treating their children with toxic or flammable substances have caused deaths and poisonings.

• Other products such as essential oils, food oil, salts, enzymes, mayonnaise, etc., have not been studied sufficiently to determine their effectiveness.

• Hand-held hair dryers may kill lice and their eggs. Because it is easy to burn the hair and the scalp, this method is not recommended.

• A clothes dryer set at high heat or a hot pressing iron will kill lice or their eggs on pillowcases, sheets, nightclothes, towels and similar items your child has been in contact with in the past 2 days.

• Lice and their eggs on objects (e.g. toys) may be killed by freezing temperatures. Objects that cannot be put in a clothes dryer may be placed in a freezer (or outdoors if sufficiently cold) for several days. This treatment is rarely required. Haircuts:

-Short hair is more readily searched for lice and eggs, but does not prevent your child from getting head lice.

• Lice off the head usually die within a day and the eggs generally cannot live much longer. Vacuuming the house is recommended, however, a major cleaning effort will do little to eliminate head lice.

• Using insecticide treatments for home, in vehicles, or on carpets and furniture are not needed and unnecessarily expose family members to insecticides.

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