Thursday, November 9, 2017

Important message from the Health Office

·       Ticks are still out there!  See the CDC’s website for information on ticks, signs of Lyme disease, and prevention.  https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/index.html

·       Check your children (and self) for ticks after outdoor activities.  Remember to check in any crease of the body, in and behind the ears, in the belly button, and in the hair.  A deer (black legged) tick needs to be attached for at least 24 hours to transmit Lyme disease. 

·       Need to remove an attached tick?  See the following website for more information: http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/tick-bites-sheet.html#catbody
·       Head lice: I recommend doing a casual check through your child’s hair daily for lice, whether while brushing her hair or while he is brushing his teeth.  Add it to your bedtime routine.  If you notice your child scratching his/her head, it is especially important to take the time to check for head lice.  If you have any questions or concerns, I am happy to help.  Do not ignore head scratching!  Although a nuisance, lice thankfully do not transmit any diseases.

·       If you do find lice on your child, please let the school nurse know as well as any close friends/contacts.  Did you know that studies show that lice are less often transmitted in school and more often transmitted at playdates and sleepovers when children have direct head-to-head contact?