Vomiting and/or diarrhea (stomach bug) are often transmitted via a fecal/oral route. This means virus is shed in the stool, gets on hands and then enters the body through the mouth. Thorough aggressive hand washing after using the bathroom helps prevent this type of illness.
Flu and cold viruses are going around, as is often the case during the cooler months. Keep your kids, school and family healthy this winter. Over the next several days we will help your family avoid getting sick by sharing with you health tips. Please pass them along to your kids! Check back tomorrow.
70% of sore throat patients receive antibiotics when actually 20% really have bacteria caused strep throat. Make sure your doctor tests to confirm strep before your children start taking antibiotics for a sore throat.
Fortified breakfast cereals are causing kids to ingest too much vitamin A, zinc, and niacin according to a health research organization. The amount of these nutrients in fortified cereals is calculated for what is good for adults and not children.
TYPE 2 DIABETES
If your child experiences any of these conditions, bring them to a doctor at once. Although the symptoms can occur gradually, they must receive immediate medical attention.
٭ Blurred vision
٭ Tingling or numbness in the legs, feet or fingers
٭ Frequent infections of the skin
٭ Recurring skin, gum or urinary tract infections
٭ Darker patches of skin usually in neck folds
٭ Itching of skin and/or genitals
٭ Slow healing of cuts and bruises
٭ Any of the other symptoms listed under type 1 diabetes
TYPE 1 DIABETES
If you suspect your child has any of these symptoms, bring them to a doctor right away! They often occur suddenly and must receive immediate medical attention.
٭ Excessive thirst
٭ Frequent urination, sometimes exhibited by bed wetting (in large quantities)
٭ Sudden vision changes
٭ High amounts of sugar in the blood and/or urine (A sweet, fruity odor may be present in urine or on one’s breath/body.)
٭ Extreme hunger (increased appetite)
٭ Rapid or unexplained weight loss
٭ Fatigue (weak and tired)
٭ Irritability and mood changes
٭ Drowsiness, lethargy
٭ Nausea and/or vomiting ٭ Abdominal pain
٭ Rapid, hard breathing (heavy, labored)
٭ Confusion, Stupor, Unconsciousness
Check back tomorrow for type 2 diabetes symptoms.
It is essential that you be aware of the warning signs and symptoms of diabetes. Sometimes the symptoms are very obvious and other times they are not. Early detection and knowledge of the warning signs are your greatest weapon against the disease and its complications!
Check back tomorrow for the list of symptoms to be aware of for your children.
FOOD ALLERGY PLAN #4
Give the school contact information for your child’s doctor or allergist in case there is a bad food reaction. This doctor should be someone familiar with your student’s food allergy problem. Preferably it should not be a random walk in clinic doctor that does not know your child, but a doctor that can address the issue with school staff in case of a problem.
Seasonal Allergy Tip #7: Keep bedroom windows closed to avoid pollen entering the house.
Seasonal Allergy Tip #6: Use warm water or saline solution to wash pollen or other allergic substances out of the nose. Nasal irrigation through the use of a neti pot or spray bottle can flush the nasal cavities of excess mucus and debris.