Health Office

 

Dear Chesterfield Families,

What May newsletter would be complete without acknowledgement of Lyme Disease Awareness month? Tickborne illnesses can be serious and can affect people of any age. In NH, there are several diseases that can be transmitted to people by the bite of an infected tick. The most common of these diseases are Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis and Powassan virus. All of these can be transmitted by the bite of an infected black-legged tick, formerly known as the deer tick. The black-legged tick nymphs are most active usually May through August and are the most likely to infect humans with tickborne illness. SEVERAL STUDENTS HAVE ALREADY PRESENTED TO THE HEALTH OFFICE WITH ATTACHED TICKS. The best way to prevent being infected with a tickborne illness is to avoid being bitten. The American Academy of Pediatrics says it’s alright to use repellent with up to 30% DEET on children over 2 months old. But if you are bitten, it is important to remove the tick as soon as possible. With tweezers, you can grasp the tick firmly as closely to the skin as possible and use a steady motion to pull the tick’s body away from the skin. DO NOT use petroleum jelly, a hot match, nail polish or other suffocating products. Cleanse the area with an antiseptic after removing the tick. If it was attached for less than 36 hours, your chance of getting lyme disease is extremely small. Nevertheless, it is important to monitor your health closely after a tick bite. For more information visit the NH Department of Health & Human Services website at https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/lyme/

            May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention month. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. with over 3.5 million cancers found in over 2 million people annually. Did you know that one blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than double’s one’s chances of developing melanoma later in life? With so many products on the market, it can be difficult figuring out which sunscreen is the best for you. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends choosing a ‘broad spectrum’ product with an SPF 30 or higher. (‘Broad spectrum’ indicates protection from both UVA and UVB rays). It is important to reapply every 2 hours, and even more frequently if you are swimming, sweating or have toweled off. No matter which product you choose, some radiation from the sun will still get through to your skin. When possible, avoid peak sun exposure (between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.) and wear a hat and sunglasses. Protect babies under 6 months by avoiding sun exposure and dressing them in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts and brimmed hats.

 

Respectfully yours in sickness & in health,

Traci Fairbanks, RN

 

 


If you or someone you know need a little help, please be proactive. Our school may be able to help you find the resources you need. Often families are uncomfortable about seeking help. But not doing may result in a negative impact on the family as a whole. Our staff want to see children happy and healthy for optimal learning and comfort. Please call the school nurse for support at 363-8301.

 


  

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