Tips from the Nurses
A warm welcome from the Sherbourne Fields Nursing Team
Please view the helpful leaflet from the school nursing team at the bottom of this page.
Following an episode of diarrhoea and or vomiting, it is currently guided that a child should remain absent from school for 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea/vomiting was experienced. Helpful advice and tips are available at NHS choices regarding caring for the child with diarrhoea and or vomiting.
Influenza or flu is a viral infection that mainly affects the nose, throat and the lungs. Flu is caused by different types of virus; swine flu is one of these, caused by H1N1 virus.
Please view this educational video demonstrating the administration of the Nasal Flu vaccine:
https://youtu.be/T7DVzBLeo1QAll pregnant women and those in high risk groups should have the vaccination against seasonal flu, which will protect against H1N1 as well.
Flu symptoms include the abrupt onset of fever, shivering, headache, cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints. Flu symptoms are different from a cold. A cold is often limited to a runny nose and sneezing, watery eyes and throat irritation and the symptoms usually occur gradually and do not cause muscle aches or fever. More information from www.nhs.uk
If your child has a long term condition such asthma, or you are concerned your child may be at risk, please discuss with your GP. Your GP will offer advice on whether they require a seasonal flu vaccination.
If you need advice speak to your GP or school nurse on 02476 601577
Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
Did you know that by practicing good hygiene, everyone can play their part and help reduce transmission of all viruses, including flu.
So when you sneeze or cough, remember to Catch it, Bin it, Kill it, this encourages us to practice good respiratory and hand hygiene with 3 simple steps:
- Covering our nose and mouth when we sneeze,
- Putting tissues in the bin
- Washing our hands regularly with soap and water to reduce the spread of virus from your hands to face or other people
More information visit NHS choices on www.nhs.uk or ask your school nurse on 02476 246211
Fires in the home
Each year children die in house fires, mostly as a result of smoke inhalation rather than actual burns. These are general fire safety rules which can apply to all age groups, children and adult, which potentially save lives:
- Fit a smoke alarm on every level of your home and test the batteries every week. Alarms give extra vital seconds to escape a fire
- Teach children what to do if they discover a fire or hear a smoke alarm going off.
- Work out a family escape plan now - do not leave it until it’s too late.
Accidents and injuries
There can be so many risks inside and outside the home, it can be hard to keep track of them all. For instance, did you know that:
- Falls are one of the most common causes of childhood accidents?
- Six toddlers are admitted to hospital every day because they’ve been so badly burned?
- Many accidents can be prevented in just one minute, by moving dangerous objects out of a child’s reach?
One of the reasons children have accidents is because they develop so fast that parents can’t keep up! How many times have you heard the phrase “I didn’t know he could do that”
Accidents can happen anywhere in and around the home, but common places include the kitchen, bathroom and the stairs. Accidents in the kitchen and on the stairs are often the most serious. More information from “Child Accident Prevention Trust “ www.capt.org.uk
Your child should go to hospital after an accident if he or she:
- Has been unconscious
- Has stopped breathing at some stage
- Is vomiting or drowsy
- Has swallowed any small items, such as tablets, buttons or batteries
- Is bleeding from the ears
- Has lost a lot of blood
- May have internal injuries
- Complains of severe pain anywhere
If you are worried or uncertain about your child’s injuries, go to your local accident and emergency department or your doctor’s surgery, whichever is closest or most appropriate.