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January 13, 2016

Hello Parkside Families,

What an exciting week we had at Parkside!  Who doesn’t love celebrating birthdays?  The kids and staff threw Parkside one of the best birthday parties ever!  Have you seen the video Jillian posted on Facebook?  It is fantastic!

Fields 4 Kids begins 1/18 for Big Sur, Yosemite, and Olympic!  Preschool parents, please make sure you have completed the permission slip for your child to attend Fields 4 Kids every Wednesday beginning 1/18.  Please make sure your child is at Parkside BY 9:00 and is dressed in appropriate clothing, such as sneakers and comfortable athletic attire!

Flu and cold season:  This week we have experienced more of the children and staff affected with symptoms of the flu and cold.  We need your help in order to try to keep our environments as germ free as possible.   As you know, many children (and sometimes adults) fight colds all through the winter.  Please make sure your child does not come to Parkside without being fever free (temperature below 101 for 24 hours without medication), hasn’t vomited for at least 24 hours, and hasn’t had diarrhea for at least 24 hours.  In many cases, we are seeing children and teachers needing more than a day to recover from being sick, please make sure your child is healthy enough to return to Parkside and is able to participate in all of our routines.  In addition to following our sick policy we would like everyone to either wash their hands or use the hand sanitizer in the lobby when entering the classroom.  In our infant AND toddler classrooms (including Sequoia and Zion), we would like parents to cover their shoes with booties we use in our infant classrooms.  Our teachers are also going to bleach the children’s toilets after each use.  Below is more information on how to protect yourself and your family from the flu and cold.  You can find this article at: http://www.mainehealthlearningcenter.org/blog/sore-throat-cough-fever-is-it-a-cold-the-flu-or-strep-throat/?gclid=CLv4ruT8vNECFcpLDQodn2wMaw

 

By Sophia Adams,
4th Year Medical Student
University of New England

It’s the season for sneezing, coughing, fever and stuffy heads, but is it a cold, the flu or strep throat? You can often figure out which of these is causing your woes if you know the symptoms of each.

The common cold

The common cold is an upper respiratory illness, meaning that it affects the nose, throat and sinuses but not the lungs. It is caused by a virus. Although some people think colds are more common in the cold seasons, you can actually get a cold in any season. It is spread from person to person through hands, sneezing, or coughing.

What are the symptoms of a cold?

  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy nose
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Low fever (100°F–101°F)
  • Headache
  • Feeling tired, achy and unwell

How long does a cold last?

  • Most colds last 3–10 days, but for some it will be as long as 2 weeks
  • Colds can last longer for smokers

What is the treatment for a cold?

A cold is a virus, so there is no medicine that can kill it, but trust your body to do a good job of getting rid of it with enough time and rest. Do not take antibiotics for a cold. They will not help because antibiotics are powerless against the cold virus (they kill bacteria, a different type of germ). And antibiotics may actually do harm.

While your body is fighting the good fight, you can take some medicines to help you feel better:

  • Decongestants to help with stuffiness in your nose and sinuses
  • Ibuprofen (Advil®) or acetaminophen (Tylenol®) to help with pain
  • Cough suppressants to help calm your coughing

Vitamins, herbs, and other home remedies can also help you feel better:

  • Vitamin C can help, but only if you happen to be low in vitamin C
  • Chicken soup can help you stay hydrated and to help stuffiness in your nose and chest
  • Water: drink at least 8 small glasses of water every day to stay hydrated
  • Sleep: get at least 7–8 hours of sleep at night. Rest during the day if you feel tired

Help keep yourself and others around you well!

  • Wash your hands often. This is the best way to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Stay home from work or school if you have a fever or feel very sick.
  • Don’t hug, kiss, or get very close to people who are sick or if you are sick.
  • Use the crook of your arm to cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing instead of sneezing or coughing into your hands, because you’ll probably turn around and touch something soon after you sneeze, and then the virus will spread.

Influenza, or the flu

Like the common cold, the flu is caused by a virus, but it’s a different kind of virus. It is more common beginning in October and ending in May (flu season). It can make you feel really terrible, and for some people it can cause serious problems. So what are you waiting for? Get a flu shot! You don’t need this kind of trouble in your life.

Symptoms

  • Fever higher than 100°F
  • Cough
  • Headache and body aches
  • Sometimes a sore throat and runny nose

How long does the flu last?

Most people feel better within 1–2 weeks.

How is the flu diagnosed?

In most cases your doctor can diagnose you with the flu based on your symptoms. Your doctor may also do a test for the flu.

How is the flu treated?

Remember that the flu is causes by a virus, so antibiotics will not work because they are powerless against any and all viruses. Do not take antibiotics for the flu.

For most people, the body does a great job of fighting off the flu virus. But it can only do its job if you drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, and get plenty of rest.

  • You can also take ibuprofen (Advil®) or acetaminophen (Tylenol®) to reduce fever and help with aches.
  • Do not give Aspirin to children under 18 years of age because of a risk of developing a life threatening condition called Reye Syndrome.
  • Depending on how long you have had flu symptoms, your doctor may give you antiviral medication.

How to prevent getting or spreading the flu?

The best way to prevent the seasonal flu is by getting a flu vaccine every year. Other things you can do to protect yourself and others from the flu and other illnesses are:

  • Wash your hands before eating, before and after preparing food, after using the bathroom, and after you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Stay away from those who are sick and do not share eating utensils with those who are sick.
  • Clean things that people touch often, like doorknobs and faucet handles.
  • If you have the flu, stay home. Do not go to work or school until your fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medicine.

Monday, January 16th: Martin Luther King, Jr Day!  Parkside is OPEN!

Enjoy your weekend,

 

Jen V.

 

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