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keeping your kids healthy

HEALTH ISSUES YOUR CHILD MAY ENCOUNTER AT SCHOOL

SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE!


Time to keep an eye out for ticks

(see links to the right for info)

and prevent mosquitoes and

sunburn!

Sun exposure can lead to skin damage even if it's not sunburn, and some of the worst sunburn can happen on cloudy days.  Here are some links to help navigate  your options:

Skin Cancer Foundation

Environmental Working Group Sunscreens


Mosquitoes transmit a variety of diseases. The best thing to do is wear insect repellent and not let your home be a breeding ground by eliminating all standing water from your yard. Here is a link to every imaginable site for mosquito-related issues: MOSQUITOES

 

A healthy child is a better learner.  We all worry about our children when something seems "off." Here is some information and some great links to information on keeping your kid healthy!


Links to expert Children's Health websites:


Images of DEER/Blackfooted tick  Near child's waist and lyme rash

There are a number of illnesses and "things" your child can pick up from their friends at school, from the playground, or unfortunately, what seems like anywhere!  Here are some we frequently hear about from our nurse:


Flu -The "flu" or influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold (often feels much worse). The flu usually comes on suddenly. Symptoms may include: Fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches,headaches, fatigue (tiredness), some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.See the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) site for more:FLU


Strep Throat - many sore throats are NOT Strep, but symptoms may include: throat pain that usually comes on quickly, painful swallowing, red and swollen tonsils - sometimes with white patches, tiny red spots on the area at the back of the roof of the mouth (soft or hard palate), swollen & tender neck lymph nodes, fever, nausea or vomiting - especially in younger children, body aches.  Check with  Nemours' Kids' Health Site for more: STREP


Lice - these annoying and gross-out factor insects are not a sign of a dirty household, rather that people live near each other!  The CDC has the best site with images and tips on dealing with them: LICE.


Ticks - these crawlers come in two types here in our area: Dog Ticks and Deer Ticks.  You can easily encounter both kinds here of Philadelphia, and every year there are hundreds of cases of Lyme Disease (only transmitted by Deer Ticks) in SE PA.  The CDC data shows boys between 5-9 have the highest incidence of infection.  The University of Rhode Island has the "TickEncounter Resource Center" (!) that has a TON of great information on both kinds: TICKS





GWCS PTA, the PA PTA, and National PTA have provided this information for educational purposes only.  The material and links are here to serve as resources for families.   For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.