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					                 Welcome to the Beatrice
                 Gilmore School Nurse’s
                                                                                            Annual Screenings will begin mid-
                        Fall 2011 Edition                                                    October, early November. I will send
                                                                              home information on your child if there is an area to
                     Wendy Madonia R.N.                                       address. Heights, weights, blood pressures, hearing
                                                                              and vision will be reviewed. 4th graders should get
                                                                              their physicals during this school year, by their
                                                                              pediatricians. Kindly provide me a copy of the
                                                                              physical form so that I can keep your child’s records
 Pi nk Eye : U suall y Mil d and Easy t o Treat                               updated. The School physician will also be available
                                                                              to do physicals on students in the school, if you
Pink, itchy eyes? Conjunctivitis – or pink eye – is                           choose. Just mark appropriate box on physical form
common in adults and children. It sometimes needs                             that is sent home. Take note that the school
medical treatment, depending on the cause. Know the                           physician does not give needed immunizations. That
symptoms, get treatment if needed, and prevent it                             needs to be done by your private doctor.
from spreading.

Conjunctivitis is also known as pink eye. It is one of the most          is important to see a health care provider and get an antibiotic
common and treatable eye conditions in children and adults. It           or other medical treatment. See Conjunctivitis Treatment.
is an inflammation of the thin, clear lining inside the eyelid and
on the white of the eye. This inflammation gives the eye a pink          H o w D o I S t o p C o n j u nc t i v i t i s f ro m S p r e ad i n g ?
or reddish color.
                                                                         Conjunctivitis that is caused by allergens or irritants is not
                                                                         contagious, but a secondary infection by viruses or bacteria is
W h a t C a u s e s Co n j u n ct i v i t i s ?                          possible. Viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are very contagious
Conjunctivitis is caused by viruses, bacteria, allergens (like pet       and spread easily and quickly from person to person. By
dander or dust mites), and irritants (like smog or swimming              following some simple self-care steps, like washing your hands
pool chlorine) that infect or irritate the eye and eyelid lining.        and not touching your eyes, you can reduce the risk of getting
                                                                         or spreading conjunctivitis. See Prevention.
W h a t A r e t h e S y m p t om s o f C o n j u nc t i v i t i s ?
Depending on the cause, the signs and symptoms for conjunctivitis        W h e n S h o u l d I C a l l a H e a l t h C a r e P r o v i d er ?
may vary, but they usually include—                                      If you have conjunctivitis, you should see your health care provider if
*Redness or swelling of the white of the eye or inside the eyelid        you have—
*Increased amount of tears                                               *Moderate to severe pain in your eye(s)
*White, yellow or green eye discharge                                    *Blurred vision or increased sensitivity to light
*Itchy eyes                                                              *Intense redness in the eye(s)
*Burning eyes                                                            *A weakened immune system, for example, from HIV or cancer
*Increased sensitivity to light                                          treatment
*Gritty feeling in the eye                                               *Bacterial conjunctivitis that does not improve after 24 hours of
*Crusting of eyelids or lashes                                           antibiotic use
                                                                         *Symptoms persist or get worse
How Is Conjunctivitis Treated?                                 
The treatment for conjunctivitis depends on the cause.
Conjunctivitis is usually mild and will often get better on its
own, even without treatment. However, there are times when it         A notice went home with your child recently with information
                                                                      on Head Lice. This was to help increase your head lice
                                                                      awareness so that you may take steps at home to help
                                                                      prevent your child from becoming infested with head lice. Any
                                                                      time children come together, particularly at the start of the
            Be sure to get the special                                school year or any social groupings, head lice cases commonly
            concern forms that were                                   increase. Please encourage your child not to share or trade
            sent home with each                                       personal items such as hats, combs, brushes, headbands,
            student, back to me ASAP.                                 barrettes, as well as helmets or headphones with foam ear
            Fill it out completely with                               protectors.
            contact numbers, medication                                             Check Regularly-Treat Quickly
            needs and allergies. This                                             Help Keep Head Lice Off Your Child
            form will help provide me                                 For more information regarding head lice or its treatment,
            with information I need to
                                                                      please feel free to contact the school health office or your
            take the best care of your
            child.                                                    local health department. Thank you for your help and support
          Just a reminder that we have several students throughout our school that suffer from severe allergies, most of
          which are related to Peanuts. A child with a nut allergy can suffer a serious reaction merely by touching a
          food containing a peanut or tree nut. Therefore, we ask that you adhere to the following safety

                        Please do not send in any peanuts, peanut butter or foods containing peanuts or peanut
                        butter to be eaten in the classroom.

                        Please do not send in any tree nuts or foods containing tree nuts. Examples of common tree
                        nuts include almond, Brazil nut, cashew, chestnut, filbert, hazelnut, macadamia nut, pecan, pine
                        nut (pignoli), pistachio, and walnut.

                        Read ingredient labels carefully to ensure that the snack you send with your child to school is
                        peanut and tree nut-free.

                        If your child ate foods containing nuts before school, please have your child wash his/her hands
                        with soap and water before leaving for school.

          I trust that you understand how important it is to respect and adhere to these guidelines. Please do
          not hesitate to contact me if any have any questions or concerns about food allergy issues.
                                                                                How do I make my child feel better?

                                                                                -make sure your child gets plenty of rest and put limits on TV
                              Sick day guidelines                               -encourage fluids; like water, soup, juice & ice.
                                                                                -help your child relax by reading him a story & giving plenty of TLC
   Consider keeping your child home if he or she:                               -consider using a cool humidifier
                                                                                -when used as directed, children’s cough & cold medicines help relieve
   *Has a fever of 99.8 degrees or higher                                       cough & cold symptoms while your child is getting better. Read and
   *has been vomiting                                                           follow directions carefully and the exact recommended dose for the
   *has symptoms that prevent him or her from participating in school,          child’s age. Do not use over the counter cough and cold medications
   such as:                                                                     for children under the age of four in the U.S
   -excessive tiredness or lack of appetite
   -productive coughing, sneezing                                               Visit for more information.
   -headache, body aches, earache
                                                                                If you’re unsure about the best way to treat your child’s cold or flu, ask
   -sore throat
                                                                                your school nurse, doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare provider
   Keep your child home until his or her fever has been gone for 24 hours
   without medication. Returning to school too soon may slow the
   recovery process and expose others unnecessarily to illness.

               If you have any concerns or questions regarding your child,
                                                                                                          Every student can learn, just
               please contact my office at 973.317.7744 or email me at                                    not on the same day, or the
      Be sure to visit our district website
      to obtain the latest information and forms                               same way. ~George Evans
               that are available, just a click away.

DID YOU REMEMBER TO CALL YOUR CHILD OUT SICK or OUT OF SCHOOL FOR THE DAY? Dial 973 317-7744 to leave message 24hr/day
to let us know your child’s reason for being absent. Avoid needless follow up calls by making your calls right away. Your cooperation is appreciated!

                                                    Here’s to a great school year!!

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