Happy Spring Twillman students, staff and parents,
Thankfully winter is still here this year, killing off those germs. Remember to dress for the weather when you come to school. Spring is just around the corner so we might have some cold days, some warm days, some rainy days and some days that include all kinds of weather.
This back and forth weather can really trigger asthma symptoms as well as allergies. Be sure to take your medication every day and seek medical help if your child is having severe trouble breathing, his/her lips or fingers turn blue, they are unable to talk to you.
Classic symptoms of asthma include:
- Sudden wheezing and/or shortness of breath, possibly worse at night or in cold air. Gets worse with heartburn or exercise
- Cough with or without phlegm
- Breathing out takes longer than breathing in
- A feeling of pulled skin between the ribs, called “intercostal retractions”
- Nasal flaring
- Chest pain or tightness in chest
Remember, if your student has medication in the clinic; an adult must come pick up the medication on or before the last day of school. Children are not to be transporting medications of any kind. Any medication left will either remain at Twillman for those attending summer school, or disposed of on the last day of school.
Here’s to a happy, healthy end of the 2012-2013 school year, please let me know if I can help in any wayJ. Have a safe and fun summer. Keep reading, be sure to get at least 8 hours of sleep at night, drink at least 8 cups of water a day, and get outside to play and have fun!
Amy Heidotten, RN BSN
Twillman School Nurse