Galligan School Nurse
Martha Furtado BSN, RN
I attended a conference sponsored by Children's hospital, Boston on 4/24/19. I found it very infomrative & will share a few highlights with you:
1. PREVENTION is key. Use DEET ( up to 30% concentration), picardin, or premethrin repellant on clothing and any open skin.
2. Wear long pants tucked in sneakers/shoes when in grassy areas.
3. TICK CHECKS!! Everyday after your child comes in from play. Ticks especially like warm places like behind ears, under arms, behind the neck & belly buttons!
4. Ticks have an anesthetic gel on their claws that causes us not to feel the bite.
5. Remove the tick including any little leg or body part that may detach. Pull the tick straight up & steady, using tweezers as close to the skin as you can. Clean area well after with soap & water or rubbing alcohol.
6. The "bull's eye" rash will occur at the site of the bite.
7. Ticks can be active all year round.
8. At least 300,00 people in the US will contract Lyme disease this year.
9. Ticks also carry many other illnesses. Anaplasmosis & Babeosis are also common in our area.
What's in the Air?
Pollen! The first green blades of grass, buds on the trees and.... Achoo!! So many of us are experiencing the itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat & other symptoms of pollen allergy. Windy days will blow more allergies around & make us feel worse! Adults can consult with your pharmacist as to what works best for your allergies. Medication for children's allergies should be discussed with their doctor. There are over-the-counter ( OTC) and prescription medications available.
A few tips to keep allergies down...
1. Change your clothing if you've been outside.
2. Shower, wash your hair before bed or you'll transfer pollen to your pillow, blankets, etc & breathe it in all night.
3. Keep windows closed during the pollen season & run your AC with a HEPA filter to remove pollen from the air.
4. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes & a hat to keep pollen off your hair.
Present & upcoming pollen alerts:
April- trees ex: pine & willow
May- trees and grasses (high pollen month)
June- high for grass pollen
www.zyrtec.com (Pollen by month)
Student and Parent Handbook
When to Keep Sick Children Home from School
Tick Bite: What to Do
Nature and Me
Nature & Me is coming up fast. I wanted to share some information with your and a reminder. The nurse is on site and available 24/7. Her name is Kelli Johansen and she is the Chamberlain Elementary school nurse. All the medications for the students will be in the nurse's office with her & she will administer them.
Please have any medications your child will need to take at Nature & Me to me by May 15th. I will need their medications in the labeled prescription bottle with the number of doses needed for the 3 days. Also, in your packet, is a doctor's order form for the medication. I will need that filled out by their doctor and the bottom of the page signed by a parent/guardian . Also any non-prescription medications will need the doctor's order page/your signature as well.
Please feel free to call me for any questions.
*If your child takes medication at school, I will send that & have the orders already*
The warmer weather is slowly returning and while it is nice to put our flip flops and sandals back on . They should NOT be worn for recess or gym. A scrape of a toe or foot could occur with a simple trip. If you choose to have your child wear them please place their sneakers in their backpack so they can change shoes for outdoors.