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Mrs.  Sandra  Baran
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MEMO FROM THE NURSE'S OFFICE
 
 
April 1, 2018

ALLERGY MEDICATION

 

It’s that time of the year when seasonal allergies are upon us.  Allergy medications need to be “on board” when allergens start to appear.  These medications work best when laid down as an early foundation rather than later trying to get “on top” of symptoms that are out of control.

 

Remember to take the medications daily and not occasionally.  Benedryl is nota daily allergy medication. Benedryl can cause drowsiness.  Parents should get recommendations from their medical provider for an appropriate daily medication.

 

 

 

Allergies vs Cold Symptoms: Which Do I Have?

Symptoms

Airborne Allergy

Cold

Fever

Never

Rare

Headache

Rare

Rare

General Aches, Pains

Never

Slight

Fatigue, Weakness

Sometimes

Sometimes

Extreme Exhaustion

Never

Never

Stuffy, Runny Nose

Common

Common

Sneezing

Common

Common

Sore Throat

Sometimes

Common

Cough

Sometimes

Common, hacking

Chest Discomfort

Rare

Mild to moderate

 

 
 
PEANUT ALLERGIES
We have several peanut allergies throughout the school.  Please check with your child's teacher before bringing any special treats into the classroom.  Peanut allergies can be life threatening to some students if they come in contact with peanut butter or even inhale it.

Please inform me of any health issues that your child may have.  If medication is required it is necessary that I have a note from the doctor and all medication must be in it's original prescription box or bottle with complete directions as to how it is to be given.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.  We look forward to a safe and healthy school year.

IMPACT TESTING
 
ImPact screening is done on the 6th grade and all new students in the month of Oct.  Parental permission is necessary to complete the screening
 
All Saints Catholic School is utilizing an innovative concussion management program for students in grade 6 and all new students in grades 7 and 8.  This program will assist physicians in evaluating and treating head injuries (e.g. concussion).  In order to better manage concussions sustained by our students, we have acquired a software tool called ImPact  (Immediate Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing).  ImPact is a computerized exam utilized by many professional, collegiate, and high schools across the nation to successfully diagnose and manage concussions.  If a student is believed to have suffered a head injury, ImPact is used to help determine the severity of the head injury and when the injury has fully healed.
 
The exam takes about 25-30 minutes and is non invasive.  The ImPact program is basically set up as a "video-game" type format.  It tracks neurocognitive information such as memory, reaction time, brain processing speed, and concentration.  It is a simple exam and most who take it enjoy the challenge of the test.

One of the reasons concussions are so dangerous is a condition called Second ImPact Syndrome.  If a student sustains a second concussion before completely recovering from the first, the results can be deadly.

As always if you have any questions please call me at 995-2231.
 
Sandy Baran, RN
school nurse
All Saints Catholic School
302-995-2231
302-993-0767 FAX