Prevention Tips for Common School Ailments
School is officially back in session. So, it’s pretty likely that you – or someone you know – now has a child in school. With having to keep track of homework, sports schedules, and play dates, it can all get overwhelming. Fast. Here are the most common injuries/illness as well as some tips to avoid them.
Between recess and physical education classes, the opportunities for injury abound. Given that students in elementary school and middle school are still growing, they are particularly at risk for breaks. What may seem like a sprained ankle might actually be a growth plate fracture. So, it’s important to see your doctor, and potentially an orthopedist, asap.
But, while you’re waiting for the appointment, you can use the RICE pain management program: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. You should also feel free to use children’s ibuprofen to help with the swelling.
While the occasional injury may be unavoidable, lice can be avoided with the right rules in place. Teach your child to avoid sharing hats, combs, or pillows, and they’ll avoid the lion’s share of exposure. However, sometimes accidents do happen. If so, remember that lice are not the end of the world. For an overview of OTC treatments and their protocols, go here: https://www.healthline.com/health/lice/how-to-kill-head-lice
This can be tricky because red eyes can be just as easily due to sleep deprivation or allergies; as a result, pink eye is one of the most contagious illnesses during the school year. To avoid it, practice good hand-washing hygiene, avoid sharing towels, pillows, or eye makeup. If you think you have pink-eye, or if someone close to you has it, avoid touching your eyes with your hands and toss any potentially contaminated makeup or personal care products. And, of course, come see us for proper diagnosis and treament.