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Healthy Sleep HabitPosted by Munhi Sohn on 12/1/2019
Sleep is needed for the body and brain development and growth. Adequate sleep promotes attention, creativity, mood stability, and even builds the immune system to fight off illness. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) provides guidelines regarding how much sleep children need at different stages of childhood. "Children 6 to 12 years of age should sleep 9 to 12 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health." It’s important to keep a daily routine. This means that the waking time, and sleep time is the same every day. Check out What Sleep Is and Why all Kids Need It on KidsHealth. Make sleep a priority!
A cold or the Flu?Posted by Munhi Sohn on 11/1/2019
Cold and flu season is now upon the community. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) flu season starts to peak in November and continues to peak through April. Knowing the difference between a cold and flu and speed up recovery!
The common symptoms of a cold include:
- Fever is rare
- Headache is uncommon
- Stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- Hacking productive cough
The common symptoms of the flu include
- Fever (100º F or greater)
- Muscle aches
- Extreme tiredness
- Cough (usually dry)
Over the Counter Remedies:
- Analgesics — Relieve aches and pains, and reduce fever. Never give Aspirin to a child with fever!
- Antihistamines — Work by helping dry a runny nose and watery eyes by blocking histamines, they often cause drowsiness.
- Expectorants — Work by thinning mucus so that it can be coughed up more easily.
- Cough Suppressants — Work by quieting a cough. They are usually recommended for dry (non-mucus producing) coughs.
- Decongestants — Work by reducing nasal congestion
Remember if you suspect flu, see your doctor.Here are several simple guidelines to help reduce the incidence of illness. Following good hygiene practices can be the best preventative measure.
- PROMOTE hand washing. Hand washing is especially important before eating. Having hand wipes or sanitizer in the car is an extra way to keep hands clean when soap and water is not available
- COUGH & SNEEZE into elbow not hands to prevent spread to others
- DO NOT SHARE foods and beverages
- FLU VACCINATION for all family members
- STAY HOME and rest. Temperature of 99.7 or above must remain home until the temperature is below 99.7 for 24 hours without medication.
Importance of HandwashingPosted by Munhi Sohn on 10/1/2019
The best way to keep healthy during cold and flu season is to FIGHT GERMS by WASHING YOUR HANDS!
According to CDC...Hand washing is like a "do-it-yourself vaccine!
Effective hand washing involves five simple and effective step:
Regular hand washing, before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. Remember to lather for 20 seconds!
KidsHealth Why do I need to wash my hands?
Check out the CDC website for more information and helpful tips at https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html
Backpack SafetyPosted by Munhi Sohn on 9/1/2019
Do you know your recommended backpack weight?
Experts recommend that kids carry no more than 10% to 15% of their body weight in their packs. If you weigh 100 pounds X 10-20% = 10-20 pounds is the maximum weight your backpack should be!
Many children carry more than this recommended maximum weight leading to bad posture. Heavy backpacks can lead to shoulder, neck and back pain.
When choosing a backpack, KidsHealth recommends to look for the following:
- a lightweight pack: get one that doesn't add a lot of weight to your load; for example, leather packs look cool, but they weigh more than canvas backpacks
- two wide, padded shoulder straps: straps that are too narrow can dig into shoulders
- a padded back: it not only provides increased comfort, but also protects from being poked by sharp objects or edges (pencils, rulers, notebooks, etc.) inside the pack
- a waist belt: this helps to distribute the weight more evenly across the body
- multiple compartments: to help distribute the weight throughout the pack
Use backpacks wisely. Simply lighten your load. Make sure both straps are on your shoulders for equal distribution of the weight. Try backpack on wheels! For more tips, check out KidsHealth.
Can you identify below which school bag is not recommended?
Welcome Back to School 2019-2020Posted by Munhi Sohn on 8/19/2019
I hope everyone had a great summer! Our first day of school will be on Tuesday August 27th. I am looking forward to meeting the new third graders! Welcome back to the Rutledge Hall returning students! I am looking forward to reconnecting with all of you!
A few logistics...
Parents, please remember to have all required medical forms submitted to the health office. For new and transfer students: Certificate of Child Health Examination, Eye Examination Report and Proof of School Dental Examination forms must be submitted by October 15th deadline.
If your child has any medical needs that may require medication, please remember to have the Order/Authorization for Administration of Medication at School, Food Allergy Action Plan, Student Asthma Action Card or Seizure Action Plan forms (as it applies to your child) filled out by the physician and parent. If you choose not to have medications available at school, please fill out and submit the Medication Waiver form.
All forms can be found on our Rutledge Health Services website Medical Forms. Please feel free to contact me at any time with your questions and concerns.
Have a great 2019 -2020 School Year!