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Back to School "Battling the Butterflies"  

Battling the Butterflies

As with any new or potentially unsettling situation — like starting school for the first time or entering a new grade or new school — allow kids time to adjust. Remind them that everyone feels a little nervous about the first day of school and that it will all become an everyday routine in no time.

Emphasize the positive things about going back to school, such as hanging out with old friends, meeting new classmates, buying cool school supplies, getting involved in sports and other activities, and showing off the new duds (or snazzy accessories if your child has to wear a uniform).

It's also important to talk to kids about what worries them and offer reassurance: Are they afraid they won't make new friends or get along with their teachers? Is the thought of schoolwork stressing them out? Are they worried about the bully from last year?

Consider adjusting your own schedule to make the transition smoother. If possible, it's especially beneficial for parents to be home at the end of the schoolday for the first week. But many working moms and dads just don't have that flexibility. Instead, try to arrange your evenings so you can give kids as much time as they need, especially during those first few days.

If your child is starting a new school, contact the school before the first day to arrange a visit. And ask if your child can be paired up with another student, or "buddy," and if you can be connected with other new parents. This will help both of you with the adjustment to new people and surroundings. Some schools give kids maps to use until things become more familiar.

To help ease back-to-school butterflies, try to transition kids into a consistent school-night routine a few weeks before school starts. Also make sure that they:

  • get enough sleep(establish a reasonable bedtime so that they'll be well-rested and ready to learn in the morning)
  • eat a healthy breakfast(they're more alert and do better in school if they eat a good breakfast every day)
  • write down the need-to-know info to help them remember details such as their locker combination, what time classes and lunch start and end, their homeroom and classroom numbers, teachers' and/or bus drivers' names, etc.
  • use a wall calendar or personal planner to record when assignments are due, tests will be given, extracurricular practices and rehearsals will be held, etc.
  • have them organize and set out what they need the night before (homework and books should be put in their backpacks by the door and clothes should be laid out in their bedrooms)

Although it's normal to be anxious in any new situation, a few kids develop real physical symptoms, such as headaches or stomachaches, associated with the start of school. If you're concerned that your child's worries go beyond the normal back-to-school jitters, speak with your child's doctor, teacher, or school counselor.

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March is National Nutrition Month  

March is National Nutrition Month.  We are learning to look at food labels and see nutritional values in the foods we eat.  Sometimes we make good choices, other times we make bad choices.  Nurse Debbie is showing us how to read labels, comparing the choices of foods, and seeing the number of calories, the amount of sugar, fats, and salt in the foods we eat. 

It is important to have breakfast everyday, but what we eat in the morning is crucial too.  Choosing breakfast foods that are rich in whole grains, fiber, and protein while low in added sugar may boost kid's attention span, concentration, and memory-which they need to learn in  school. I know sometimes you are not hungry first thing in the morning.  Be sure to pack a breakfast that you can eat a little later on the bus or between classes.  Fresh fruit, cereal, nuts, or half a peanut butter and banana sandwich are easy to make, nutritious, and easy for kids to take along.

We will continue focusing on nutrition after spring break .  Wednesday, March 21st Mrs. Stephanie Mastin Britt will visit Blanche School to teach nutrition classes. 

Funny for the day:

Nurse DebbieHey boys and girls, what did the teddy bear say when he was offered dessert?

Boys and Girls:  I don't know

Nurse Debbie:  No thanks I'm stuffed !!!    Ha Ha...

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Welcome to Blanche School Health Clinic  

 

Welcome to Blanche School Health Clinic

This site allows you to find copies of forms and answers to frequently asked questions.  Please take the time to search each category and familiarize yourself with the information that is provided.

It is important for the school to know of any changes in your child's health or emergency information.   Please notify me by telephone or correspondence with regards to any changes that need to be made with regards to parent/guardian's telephone contact information, your child's health information or medical regime.  Any forms that might be needed for this may be found on this site.

The Nurse's office is open 7:30am until 2:30pm.  The school nurse is at lunch from 11:00am till 11:30am.

 

 

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PLAY IT SAFE.....Be ready for the flu season  

With the flu season upon us, it is important that we work together to keep our children healthy.  Influenza, more commonly referred to as the "flu" is more contagious than the common cold.  The flu is a viral infection of the nose, throat and lungs which is easily spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing by someone who has the flu.  Sometimes people can become infected just by touching domething with the influenze virus on it and then touching your mouth or nose.  In general adults are infectious for about a day before symptoms start and until about 5 days after the start of the illness.  Children spread higher amounts of the influenze virus for even longer periods of time. 

The Flu Vaccine

Routine annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons aged 6 months or older. The flu vaccine usually is offered between September and mid-November, although it may be given at other times of the year. It reduces the average person's chances of catching the flu by up to 80% during flu season.

Because the vaccine prevents infection with only a few of the viruses that can cause flu-like symptoms, it isn't a guarantee against getting sick. But even if someone who's gotten the shot gets the flu, symptoms usually will be fewer and milder.

Flu vaccines are available as a shot or nasal mist. Given as an injection, the flu shot contains killed flu viruses that will not cause the flu, but will prepare the body to fight off infection by the live flu virus. Getting a shot of the killed virus means a person is protected against that particular type of live flu virus if he or she comes into contact with it.  Contact your physician or local Health Department to schedule your flu vaccine now.

Preventing the Flu From Spreading

There's no guaranteed way - including being vaccinated - to prevent anyone from getting the flu. Avoiding large crowds can help, but it's often impossible to keep kids cooped up.

Here are some practical ways to help prevent the spread of the flu:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap, especially after using the bathroom, after coughing or sneezing, and before eating.
  • Never pick up used tissues.
  • Never share cups and eating utensils
  • Stay home from work or school when you're sick with the flu.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

Children who are sick with the flu should stay home from school and childcare settings until they are without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.

Treatment

Cases of the flu rarely require specific medical treatment. But some kids with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, HIV) or children under 2 years old might become sicker with the flu and may have a greater risk of complications. Some kid with the flu need to be hospitalized.

For a severely ill child or one with other special circumstances, a doctor may prescribe an antiviral medicine that can decrease the duration of illness by 1-2 days and prevent potential complications of the flu. This medicine can only be helpful if it's given within 48 hours of the onset of the flu. Most healthy people who get the flu do not need to take an antiviral medication. If an antiviral medication is prescribed, be sure to discuss any possible side effects with your doctor.

These at-home tips can help most otherwise healthy kids cope with the flu. Have them:

  • drink lots of fluids to prevent dehydration
  • get plenty of sleep and take it easy
  • take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve fever and aches (do not give aspirin to children or teens as it may cause a rare but serious illness called Reye syndrome)
  • wear layers, since the flu often makes them cold one minute and hot the next (wearing layers - like a T-shirt, sweatshirt, and robe - makes it easy to add or subtract clothes as needed)

When to Call the Doctor

Call the doctor if your child:
  • has flu symptoms
  • has a high temperature
  • seems to get better, but then feels worse than before
  • has any trouble breathing, seems confused, or seems to be getting worse

For the most part, though, the flu is usually gone in a week or two with a little rest and tender loving care.

Information obtained from kidshealth.org

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