According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common cancer. About 3.3 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year. But, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable cancers!
Remember Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide when you think of sun safety.
Slip: Slip on a Shirt!
(Or other protective clothing)
Slop: Slop on Sunscreen!
(Make sure it is at least SPF 30+ and reapply as directed)
**Please remember to slop on sunscreen before school. I can not apply sunscreen to the students during the school day without a doctor’s order.
Slap: Slap on a Hat!
(Preferably one that shades your face, ears and back of you neck)
Seek: Seek Shade whenever possible.
Slide: Slide on Sunglasses!
(To protect your eyes and the sensitive skin around them)
Have fun in the sun and outside, but be safe and sunsmart!
Check out this 30 second video: Sunsmart Sid the Seagull Video
Have a wonderful Summer Break! I will see you in the Fall!
Remember Your Helmet!
Now that Spring is here, I’m hoping that all Primary Students are getting outside to get in their 60 minutes of exercise per day! Spring sports have started and I’ve been seeing kids riding their bikes around neighborhoods. Please remember to be safe and have your child wear a helmet when biking or skating and while playing any sports that require one.
Some guidelines from the CDC:
Your child's helmet should fit properly and be:
While there is no concussion-proof helmet, a helmet can help protect your child from a serious brain or head injury. Even with a helmet, it is important for your child to avoid hits to the head.
To see how to properly fit a helmet, view the Video on Helmet Safety from the CDC.
Here is a Fact Sheet on Bike Helmet Safety from the CDC.
You can find other CDC fact sheets here on helmets for different sports.
Have fun outside and keep those heads safe!
While cleaning out your kids closets this Spring, please remember the Health Office. We are in desperate need of boys elastic waist pants sizes 4-10. Thank you!
A Word on Antibiotic Abuse
We have seen a lot of sickness and viruses in the Health Office this year. I often hear, “She has a virus/cold, but she is on antibiotics so she should feel better soon.” Please beware! Make sure you know why your child has been put on a certain medication. Ask questions to your doctor and be sure you are informed and give antibiotics properly.
From the CDC: Are you aware that colds, flu, most sore throats, and bronchitis are caused by viruses? Did you know that antibiotics do not help fight viruses? It's true. Plus, taking antibiotics when you have a virus may do more harm than good. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed increases your risk of getting an infection later that resists antibiotic treatment.
Your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic if your child has a bacterial infection. This usually means there was some sort of lab sent out to determine the type of bacteria. For instance, a throat swab/culture for strep or a urine culture for a UTI. Fungal and Parasitic infections will also need special medication. However, antibiotics are not a treatment for viruses.
When your child is sick, consult your doctor and ask the right questions when you are at the visit.
Find out more About Antimicrobial Resistance
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