• Nurse's Corner

    Posted by Lorella Lamonaca on 5/18/2015
    How do I know when to keep my child home from school?
    Sometimes it can be difficult for a parent to decide whether to send a child to school when they wake up with early symptoms of an illness or complaints that they do not feel well. There are some situations in which it is best to plan on keeping your child home to rest and/or to arrange for an appointment with your health care provider. 
    The following are a few such situations, if your child:
    1.     Has a temperature of 99.9 F. or higher upon awakening,
    2.     Has vomited or had diarrhea, during the night or in the morning,
    3.     Is too sleepy or ill from an illness to profit from sitting in class,
    4.     Has a severe, persistent abdominal cramps,
    5.     Has ?blood shot,? runny eyes, that may or may not itch and that distract him/her from learning, (please contact your child's physician),
    6.     Has large amounts of discolored nasal discharge, especially if accompanied by facial pain and/or headache,
    7.     Has severe ear pain or drainage from the ear,
    8.     Has a headache, especially if it persists for more than a day,
    9.     Has honey crusted sores around the nose or mouth that might be impetigo,  or a rash in various stages, including boils, sores and bumps that might be chicken pox,
    10. Has a significant cough that makes him/her feel uncomfortable.
    If any of these symptoms worsen or persist for more than a day contact your child's Physician.
    When there is an outbreak of a specific contagious disease, the school will send a notice. If your child starts to develop symptoms of a contagious disease, it is important to alert your own physician. **Please notify the school if your child has a contagious disease, such as Strep throat, Chicken Pox, etc.
    Hints that may help keep your child well:
    Teach them to discard used tissues, promptly, not to share personal items, to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze, (with a tissue, or else to cough into their shoulder); keep hands away from their face, and to wash hands thoroughly and often with soap and warm water, before eating, before and after toileting and anytime they are dirty.)  Singing Happy Birthday twice while washing hands gives a good time frame for a good scrub.
    *** KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME FOR A FULL 24 HOURS AFTER A FEVER HAS RETURNED TO NORMAL, and a full 24 hours after beginning an antibiotic for Strep Throat, etc
    When your child must miss school, for any reason, call 914-721-2705 before 9:30AM and leave a message on the voice mail system. 
    Please call my office even if you have notified your child's teacher.
    Jeanne Duffy RN

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