SPRING and ALLERGIES
By District Nurse Beth McVay, RN BSN
Spring has sprung, flowers are blooming and for many students this means allergies. Be aware of your child's allergy symptoms and take control before they control your child and he or she misses school. The most common allergy symptoms include sneezing, red eyes, itchy throat and ears, and runny nose. Others like sinus congestion or fullness, fatigue and asthma can result in missed school days. Sometimes, a parent can take a few simple steps to reduce a child's allergy symptoms. If these fail, relief might be found in medications. (MORE)
Vision and Hearing Screenings
The state of California requires that all students get screened for vision and hearing deficiencies in Kindergarten, second, fifth and eighth grades. In the Martinez Unified School District these screenings are performed by the district nurse during regular school hours. Should your child not pass a screening, you will be notified by phone or letter within two weeks.
Parents who want their child excluded from the vision and/or hearing screenings should notify District Nurse Beth McVay at the start of their child’s Kindergarten, second, fifth and eighth grade year. Mrs. McVay can be reached at 925-335-5886 or at email@example.com.
DON'T LET LICE GET TO YOUR HEAD
Head lice are a nuisance. There is no getting around it. Most families won’t have to deal with the problem, but those who do will not soon forget the experience.
Fortunately, lice don’t carry disease and their presence on a child does not indicate neglect, poor hygiene or sloppy housekeeping. It just means the child got too close to someone else with lice.
Lice are tiny grey or brown wingless insects that live on the human scalp and move by crawling. They spread from one person to another by head-to-head contact or by sharing personal items like hats, hair brushes and scarves.
Treating for lice requires diligence. The regiment includes treating the scalp, removing live (crawling) lice and their eggs, called nits, and washing and thoroughly vacuuming the home.
For more information on treating and eradicating lice, click HEAD LICE