May/June 2018 School Health News

    EJ Patten Elementary School




    Playgrounds:  Injury facts – children who fall off climbing equipment, slides, and swings usually injure their face, head, or arms.  Safety check - preschool-age children shouldn’t be more than four feet off the ground.  Make sure surfaces are cushioned, equipment maintained, and no exposed bolts or open “s” hooks.

    Heat exposure:  Illness facts - Children can develop heat exhaustion and become seriously dehydrated when in the hot sun for too long.  Symptoms include pale skin, dizziness, headache, fatigue, nausea, and vomiting.  Kids under four years old are especially at risk in high temperatures.  Safety check – Keep children indoors during heat waves.  Make sure they have plenty of fluids even if kids say they are not thirsty.  NEVER leave a child in a car, which can heat up quickly. 

    Fireworks:  Injury facts – fireworks can cause serious eye injuries that lead to partial or complete blindness.  Sparklers can burn the skin and ignite clothing.  Safety check – Don’t use or let your children use or be around any fireworks, including sparklers.  Instead, visit a public display run by professionals.

    Bicycles: Injury facts:  Kids often crash into obstacles or lose control of their bikes, but the most serious injuries occur when children are struck by cars. Safety check – Make sure your child wears a helmet every time they ride a bike.  It should be snug and level with the forehead.  Do not let children ride in the street before the age of 10, and teach riders to look both ways before crossing the driveway or streets.

    Skateboards and Scooters:  Injury facts – head injuries and wrist fractures are a common occurrence.  Kids are most likely to get hurt when they are first learning to ride, ride too fast, or attempt tricks.  Safety check – Safety gear is a must!  Helmets, wrist guards, non-slip shoes, elbow pads, and knee pads should be worn, and no child under 5 years should use skateboards or scooters.

    Lawn Mowers:  Too many tragic accidents happen when a child falls off a riding lawn mower or is accidentally run over.  Safety check – Keep all children far away from the mowing area.  Always look around the mower before putting into motion, especially when backing up.

    Food Poisoning:  Illness facts – Bacteria grow quickly in perishable food that is left out too long.  Symptoms resemble stomach flu: nausea, cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and in severe cases, fever and bloody stool.  Safety check – Make sure food is cooked thoroughly.  Wash your hands often, and never leave food out for more than an hour when it’s hot outside.  Store food in a well-insulated cooler with plenty of ice when outside at picnics and barbecues.

    Always seek the advice from your own doctor regarding questions or issues you have regarding your own health or the health of others.

    Have an active, fun, and safe summer – and treat your brain to a really good book!


    Cold, Flu, or Allergy?

    Treatment depends on which you have. A health professional can help you choose the best therapy.

    Common Cold

    • Symptoms last up to 2 weeks
    • Stuffy, runny nose; sore throat; cough
    • Treated with rest, fluids, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to ease symptoms

    Seasonal Flu

    • Symptoms usually last 1-2 weeks
    • High fever (100-102 °F, or higher in youngsters), headache, aches and pains, weakness, exhaustion, cough, chest discomfort
    • Treated with rest, fluids, OTC medicines, prescription antiviral drugs

    Airborne Allergy

    • Lasts as long as allergens (such as pollen, pet dander) are present
    • Stuffy, runny nose; itchy, watery eyes
    • Treated with antihistamines, decongestants, nasal steroids


    At any time of year we get a few cases of lice. Adult head lice or their eggs (nits) are found in the hair, most often behind the ears and at the base of the neck. Head lice are most commonly spread by direct head-to-head contact with hair of other people who have head lice. Head lice are less commonly spread through contact with an infested person’s personal items, such as hair brushes and combs, hats, unwashed clothing, bedding or towels. Head lice are commonly spread within households. There are a number of effective treatments for head lice. Treatment for head lice usually consists of shampooing the hair with a medicated shampoo. Consult with your pediatrician for treatment of head lice. Head lice are certainly a nuisance, but they are not generally considered a health hazard. Head lice are not a health hazard or a sign of poor hygiene and are not responsible for the spread of any disease.



    Vision, hearing, blood pressure, and height/weight screenings have been completed at EJ Patten School. A note was sent home for students that had difficulty with any of the screenings. Please let us know if your child was seen by the eye doctor if your child recieved a note about their visionand the results of the exam. Because vision can affect learning, it is important that students who need glasses wear them while in school. If you need assistance in finding an eye doctor or financial assistance for glasses please let us know. Please let the nurse know the results of hearing evaluations if your child received a note regarding their hearing. Notices were also sent home regarding any deviations from the normal ranges in height, weight or blood pressure. Please be sure to bring these notes to your pediatrician so that these concerns can be addressed. 





    If your child has outgrown their uniforms,

    please consider donating them to our school.

    Extra clothes come in handy for when

    students fall in a puddle at recess or spill

    water or milk on themselves at lunch. Thank you.


    Judy Amorosa BSN RN CSN

    Mary McClatchey BSN RN CSN

    P: 732-376-6052

    F: 732-347-8954