NOTES FROM YOUR SCHOOL NURSE

Dawn Midkiff, RN

890-1006

dmidkiff@ycsd.york.va.us

Urgent:

Please pick up your child’s medication from the clinic before

1:00 PM on Thursday, June 15th. Medication not picked up by

1:00 PM will be discarded per YCSD guidelines.

 

Ticks

Spring and summer bring warm temperatures, just right for walking in the woods and other outdoor activities. Warm weather also means that ticks become more active and this can increase the risk of a tick-borne disease. The tick-borne diseases that occur most often in VA are Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Ehrlichiosis.

Ticks do not jump or fly; they wait on the forest floor, leaf litter or low vegetation and attach to the feet or shoes of people or legs of animals that pass by. The ticks then crawl upward.

Prevention:

- The single most important thing you can do is to check yourself and your children for ticks once a day. Favorite places ticks like to go on the body include areas between toes, back of knees, groin, armpits, neck, along hairline, and behind ears. Remember to check your pets too. Remove any attached ticks as soon as possible.

- Use repellents that contain DEET on exposed skin and those that contain permethrin on clothing. Be sure to read product labels to ensure safe and proper usage.

- Stick to main pathways and the center of trails when hiking.

- Wear long-sleeved, light colored shirts and long pants tucked into socks. This will keep ticks away from your skin.

- See my website for the Brochure on “Preventing Tick-Borne Diseases in VA”.

Tick Removal:

- Carefully remove the tick as soon as possible. Ticks do not transmit disease until they have been attached to the host for several hours (36 hours); this is why it is very important to remove the tick as soon as it is found.

- Grasp the tick with tweezers as close to the skin as possible and gently, but firmly, pull it straight out. Avoid any twisting or jerking motion that may break off the mouthparts in the skin.

- You should not apply kerosene, petroleum jelly, nail polish or a hot match tip to remove the tick; these measures are not effective and may result in injury.

- After tick is removed, wash hands with soap and water. Apply a topical antiseptic to the bite site.

- Monitor the site of the bite for the next 30 days for the appearance of a rash. If you develop a rash or flu-like symptoms, contact your health care provider immediately.

For More Information, go to my website or www.vdh.virginia.gov/TickBrochure

Drinking Water

What many of us don’t realize is that dehydration is one of the frequent causes of headaches, especially in children. In order to promote good health and guard against dehydration, which has a negative impact on health and learning, our children are encouraged to drink water frequently during the day. I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents that children are allowed to have water bottles in class to sip during lessons – however, no fruit juice, fizzy or other sweet drinks please.

Did you know I have a wonderful webpage with lots of useful information?! Just visit the link below. You may also obtain clinic forms on this site as well!

www.edline.net/pages/GBES/School_Info/Clinic

When you Ride Your Bike or Scooter...

§ Wear a helmet.

§ Don’t swerve or ride into traffic

§ Obey traffic signals