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In October, Warsaw elementary schools perform MCT (Modified Clinical Technique) vision screenings for all 1st grade students.  The early elementary years are an important time to catch vision abnormalities a child might have.  Having good vision helps children to read better, learn better, and provides them with more self-esteem when accomplishing their goals.

Having poor vision can affect a child’s learning process, interrupting reading, writing and other skills.  Many children do not know that they have poor vision, they think it is normal. A vision screening at school can help find those who might be struggling in class visually.  Vision screenings at school do not take the place of a comprehensive eye exam by a professional doctor.  It is highly advised that ALL children of all ages be seen by an eye care professional on a yearly basis.  

Things you can do at home to help maintain healthy eyes:
See an eye care professional yearly
Wear glasses/contacts daily if prescribed
Wear sunglasses on sunny days – do not look directly into the sun
Get plenty of rest
Drink plenty of water – to help keep eyes hydrated
Eating vegetables helps to provide vitamins and minerals that eyes need
See an eye doctor anytime you feel you are having a problem with yours eyes, such as itchiness, excessive drying, drainage, or injury to eye.


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Welcome back to school from your Warsaw School Nurses-  and NASN!
Here are some helpful tips to help your child’s year get off to a great start:

Make sure your student’s immunizations are up-to-date.

Notify your child’s school nurse and teachers about any health concerns your student may  have, and be sure to turn all necessary medical paperwork and medications in to your school nurse.

Review hand-washing tips with your child  to prevent the spread of infections.

Establish a regular bedtime and wake-up time for your student to ensure adequate and consistent sleep.

Help your child make appropriate clothing choices for school (ie:  comfortable and safe  shoes).

Get involved!  Sign up for the parent organization (PTA/PTO), school Wellness Committee, and put school events such as parent/teacher meetings on your calendar.


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It is that time of year again.  The weather is getting warmer and we are spending more time outside.  One of the most important things we can do during this time of year is keep ourselves hydrated and know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and dehydration.

Heat Exhaustion signs and symptoms can include: confusion, dizziness, fainting, fatigue, headache, muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, profuse sweating and rapid heartbeat.

Heat Exhaustion treatment: Get out of the heat immediately and rest, preferably in an air conditioned room.  Find the nearest cool or shaded place.  Drink plenty of fluid with no caffeine or alcohol in it.  Remove tight clothing.  Take a cool shower or bath.  Apply cool towels or use fans.

Dehydration signs and symptoms can include: thirst, dry mouth, darker yellow urine, dry skin, headache, muscle cramps, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, breathing rapidly.

Dehydration treatment: Drink water or sports drinks that contain electrolytes. See a doctor if there is change in person’s alertness, consciousness, has a fever of 102 degrees or higher, or if symptoms do not improve.

PREVENTION is the key to avoiding heat exhaustion and dehydration.  Drink plenty of fluids before and after any outdoor activities.  A general recommendation when exercising is to drink 17-20 ounces of fluid 2-3 hours before exercise, consume another 8 ounces during exercise every 20 minutes, and another 8 ounces within a half an hour of exercise.  Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing, a hat, and sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more every time you go outside.  

Information obtained from WebMD and National Institute of Health/National Library of Medicine

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Exercise Creates Energy!  

Feel Good - Look Good - Make New Friends!

Find recommendations for your age group at:
http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines/index.html

Physical activity can help:
Build and keep your bones and muscles healthy
Improve skin complexion  
Reduce obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease
Promotes psychological well-being
Sopport academic achievement and good study habits
Improve your concentration, attention, endurance, strength and range-of-motion          

REMEMBER TO STAY WELL HYDRATED WHILE EXERCISING!


The Indiana State Department of Health is requiring all seniors (2015-2016) to have two meningitis vaccines. This is the 2nd year for this requirement. Most students received their first meningitis vaccine in 2010. By the start of the 2015-2016 school year, the second meningitis vaccine is required for all senior students. The rare exception will be if your student had their 1st meningitis vaccine at age 16 or older. These students would only need one meningitis vaccine.

The Kosciusko County Health Department Immunization Clinic will be able to administer your student’s vaccines if your child is: covered by Medicaid, uninsured, or if you have insurance that does not cover the cost of immunizations.  

If you have insurance that covers the cost of immunizations, you can obtain these vaccines by contacting your own physician first. If your physician does not carry vaccinations in their office, you may call Pediatric Healthcare at 574-269-8338 and see if your student qualifies for their service.

If you have any question or need more information please contact your school nurse.


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