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RSV has been diagnosed in Pre School Level Peers

  • RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, is a viral illness that can cause upper and lower respiratory tract infections. Children under the age of 1 who are infected with RSV are more likely to develop bronchiolitis (lower airway inflammation) and, in some cases, pneumonia (infection in the lobes of the lungs). Symptoms of RSV include:

    • lethargy and irritability
    • poor feeding
    • fever
    • cough
    • wheezing
    • rattling in the child’s chest
    • episodes of apnea (when a child stops breathing for 10 seconds or more)
    Children 6 months or younger, or with other health problems, are most at risk for developing severe cases of RSV. Most of the time, RSV can be treated on an outpatient basis. Up to 2 percent of children may need to be hospitalized for closer monitoring and supportive care.
    Of course, the ideal is to prevent these illnesses in the first place. The best preventive measures are usually the simplest. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to get your kids to follow them. Continue to encourage:

    • frequent hand washing—it’s your greatest barrier to the spread of infection
    • covering the mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
    • avoiding sharing of utensils, cups, etc.


Influenza-A Is In The BREC

What are the symptoms of the flu?

Flu symptoms include:

  • A 100oF or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
  • A cough and/or sore throat
  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • Headaches and/or body aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)

Do I have the flu or a cold?

The flu and the common cold have similar symptoms. It can be difficult to tell the difference between them. Your health care provider can give you a test within the first few days of your illness to determine whether or not you have the flu.

In general, the flu is worse than the common cold. Symptoms such as fever, body aches, tiredness, and cough are more common and intense with the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.

When should I seek emergency medical attention?

Seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Purple or blue discoloration of the lips
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Nurse Donna

Strep Throat Is Rearing it's Ugly Head

What is Strep throat?
Strep throat and Scarlet fever (a rash that sometimes accompanies strep throat) are caused by the beta hemolytic streptococcus, type A bacteria. The organisms are spread by contact with secretions from the mouth and nose of infected persons. The incubation is short, usually 2 to 5 days. Infected persons are considered contagious until 24 hours after antibiotic treatment is begun.
 
What are the signs and symptoms or strep throat?
The signs and symptoms include sore throat, fever, swollen glands under the jaw and in the neck, and pus pockets on the tonsils. Vomiting and stomach pain may also occur. Additionally, with scarlet fever there is a fine, red, sandpapery skin rash.
What should I do if I think my child has strep throat?
 
If a sore throat is suspected, if would be recommended to go ahead and seek medical care.
A throat culture will be done to determine the diagnosis. If the culture is positive, a ten-day course of an antibiotic, is prescribed. The child should be out of school until 24 hours of antibiotic therapy is received and condition improved to return to school. If the culture is negative, the cause is probably viral and the treatment is warm salt water gargles, force fluids, rest, and Tylenol.
 
Can strep throat be prevented?
YES! Frequent handwashing, plenty of rest, and adequate diet will to go far to protect your child against strep throat and other germs which tend to be more prevalent this time of year. Be careful not to share cups or utensils that can also lead to the spread of germs.
 
*REMEMBER ALL STUDENTS NEED TO BE FEVER FREE FOR 24 HOURS WITH NO MEDICATION ON BOARD BEFORE RETURNING TO SCHOOL. 

Chicken Pox in Pre-School Class Setting

Chicken Pox is here...

 

A student at the Pre-School level has been diagnosed with Chicken Pox. Parents, please watch for the following;

 

What are the symptoms?

This usually mild infectious disease most commonly occurs in early school-age children and is characterized by:

* General feeling of illness, headache, muscle ache, or slight fever may occur.

* A skin rash that consists of groups of itchy raised bumps that turn into blisters, then to scabs. The rash can be seen mainly on the stomach/back area but can spread anywhere on the body. New crops of spots continue to breakout so that red spots, blisters, and scabs can appear in the same area.

How it is spread?

Chicken Pox is highly contagious from about 1 day before the spots appear until all spots are scabbed over (about 7 days later). The virus is spread through the air by respiratory droplets and by direct contact with blister fluid.

When is my child contagious?

1-2 days before blisters appear and until all scabs are crusted, usually 7-10 days.

What is the school procedure?

Students are sent home and need to stay home until all of the blisters have crusted, (usually 7-10 days).

How are Chicken Pox treated?

There is no cure for Chicken Pox. Treatment is directed toward helping the child feel better. Contact your doctor for information. He/she may recommend a soothing bath for itch relief, or fever-reducing medicine such as acetaminophen (Tylenol).

***DO NOT give aspirin to children (unless prescribed by your doctor), as some reports have linked it to Reye’s syndrome.

 

Further questions, please contact your family physician

Thank you,

Nurse Donna

Hand, Foot and Mouth~In Elementary Building Kindergarten & First Grade levels.

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease In Your Child’s School

Definition

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is a mild, but highly contagious viral infection common in young children. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is characterized by sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands and feet. It spreads from person to person, usually through unwashed hands or contaminated surfaces. The most common cause of hand-foot-and-mouth disease is coxsackievirus infection.

Symptoms

 

The signs and symptoms of hand-foot-and-mouth disease include:

§  Fever

§  Sore throat

§  Painful red blister-like lesions on the tongue, mouth, palms of the hands or soles of the feet                   

§  Headache

§  Fatigue

§  Irritability in infants and toddlers

§  Loss of appetite

The usual period from initial infection to the onset of signs and symptoms (incubation period) is three to seven days. Fever is often the first sign of hand-foot-and-mouth disease, followed by a sore throat and sometimes a poor appetite and the feeling of being sick (malaise). One or two days after fever begins, painful sores may develop in the mouth or throat. Rash on the hands and feet can follow within one or two days, and may also appear on the buttocks. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease may cause all of the above signs and symptoms or just a few of them.

Treatments and drugs

There's no specific treatment for hand-foot-and-mouth disease, and antibiotics aren't effective because it's a viral infection. The illness simply must run its course. To help lessen discomfort, doctors often recommend:

§  Rest, increase fluids- milk-based fluids may be easier to tolerate than acidic liquids, such as juice or soda. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), if needed

Signs and symptoms of hand-foot-and-mouth disease usually clear up in seven to 10 days.

Prevention

Certain precautions can help to reduce the chances of infection with hand-foot-and-mouth disease:

§  Wash hands carefully.

§  Disinfect common areas.

§  Teach good hygiene.

§  Isolate contagious people.

Because hand-foot-and-mouth disease is highly contagious, people with the illness should limit their exposure to others while they have active signs and symptoms. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is most contagious during the first week of illness. However, it may spread for weeks after signs and symptoms have disappeared. Keep children with hand-foot-and-mouth disease out of child care or school until fever is gone and mouth sores have healed. If you have the illness, stay home from work. 

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