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December News

Winter is finally here!   Unfortunately, cold and flu season is here also.  This is a great time to remind your children about the importance of  proper hand washing.  Remind your child about "coughing in your arm" and covering their mouth, using kleenex and disposing of the kleenex.  If your child has a fever, they need to stay home.  They should be fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of any fever reducing medications.  They should also stay home if they have thrown up within 24 hours.  Currently, it seems like there have been children with no fever but c/o headache and abdominal pain (with vomiting) that lasts 2 or 3 days.
  
Lice is always a problem is schools and this year is no exception.  Lice do not discriminate and can infest people with good hygiene.  Adult lice are about he size of a sesame seed.  Nymphs, or baby lice, are very small and grow to adult size in 1 to 2 weeks.  Nits, the eggs, attach themselves to the hair shaft and are often found around the nape of the neck or the ears.  They can look similar to dandruff but they can not be easily removed or brushed out.  Please continue to check your child's head a couple times a week.  If nits or lice are seen, please treat with lice shampoo as directed.  The second application/treatment is just as important as the first application.  You must follow the instructions on the shampoo for successful treatment.  It is important to remind your children not to have any head-to-head contact, share any hair brushes, hats, coats, hoodies, helmets etc.  with anyone else.  Though lice do not live over 2 days without a host and they only crawl (do not jump or fly), they can be transferred from person to person if they share these things.  It is important to properly clean your home, clothes, bedding, furniture, car, floors, stuffed animals, toys backpacks and helmets and treat all family members, if they are affected. Some symptoms of lice include itching, tickling or sores on the head.  Sense lice are more active at night, difficulty sleeping could be a symptom.   Please call us with any questions.
 
We just finished with the Big Smiles Dental program.  Glenwood, Linden Elementary and Waverly schools participated.  Grades K through 3rd were sent home applications and were returned by parents if they were interested in their child being seen by the dentist.  We had a good turnout and many cleanings, xrays and fillings were done.  
 
We are currently in the process of screening all K, 2nd, 5th and 8th graders hearing and vision.  A letter will be sent home if we have any concerns.  Please ask us if your child needs glasses or a profession vision exam and you do not have vision insurance.  We have VSP certificates for families that qualify.  Using the VSP certificate allows for a free vision exam and free glasses, if needed.   
 
Kim checks all 1st grade boys for color deficiency.   A letter will be sent home if there are any concerns. 
 
Lets Have a Healthy and Happy Winter Season!! 
 
Patty and Kim