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Nurse’s Notes

Nurse’s Notes

Beverly Covington
404-802-7256 – Main Campus Nurse

404-802-7278 – Primary Center Nurse

FOOD ALLERGY PROTOCOL

As a review, a person becomes allergic to a food (peanuts, treenuts, eggs, milk, etc….) when his/her immune system (that is our fighter-system) mistakes that food for a harmful substance.  The allergic reaction can be presented as innocuous as a slight rash to a life-threatening inability to breathe due to shutdown of the respiratory system.  That extreme reaction, but also a common reaction in today’s environment, is called anaphylaxis.

Because a food allergy is strictly a medical issue that does not affect academic performance, a Health Plan is designed with input from the parent, physician, nurse and teacher to effectively handle the situation.  This includes:

  1. A completed  Medication  Form (Spanish version) and  Diet Prescription Form 
  2. CLINIC – A face-to-face short chat with the nurse when you have the form completed and are delivering the designated medications to the clinic or teacher in case of exposure.  A medical Plan of Care will be written by the nurse and distributed to all staff that interact with your child along with instruction on medication administration.
  3. CLASSROOM – A meeting with the student’s teacher to give them the needed information as towhat to be looking for should a food be accidently ingested.  A peanut-free lunch table is available in the cafeteria.  Parent should provide substitute ‘treats’ for student in case of a birthday or holiday party.
  4. Click here for Medical Examination Report.  This document is only to be filled out by the parent/physician in a case of chronic bad allergies.  The school’s nurse will let you know when you this document is needed.
  5. Click here for Health Care Management Plan.  This is to be  filled out the parent/physician when a doctor needs to give certain directives to the school on what a child needs on a daily basis.  The school’s nurse will let you know when this document is needed.

Food allergies are becoming more prevalent…believe it or not, most literature attributes that to us being  too clean and too germ-a-phobic.  Children are not being able to build up their immune system that requires exposure to germs to mature and be functional.  Therefore, we need to be very proactive in our readiness for students’ allergies.

OTHER HEALTH ISSUES

(ie:  asthma, seizures, migraines, etc…)

Please print out the Medication form, Medical Examination Report and the Healthcare Management Plan (if necessary).

** PLEASE KNOW THAT: **

As the school nurse, we are not allowed to dispense any oral medications without a MEDICATION FORM. This form must be completed and signed by your child’s doctor and by you.  If you know that during the year your child is going to be regularly seeing the orthodontist (which typically causes some discomfort), or has chronic headaches or stomach aches, you may want to get the MEDICATION FORM completed during their summer doctor visit for the upcoming school year.  This will save you a trip to school to give medication.

IS MY CHILD TOO SICK FOR SCHOOL?

  • fever – can come to school IF temperature <100 F for 24 hours without medication
  • vomiting – if vomits, must stay home for 24 hours
  • red eyes – if no history of allergies but awakes with goopy, sticky, yellow eye gook, take to doc to evaluate…probably conjunctivitis (pink eye); 24 hours on antibiotic eye drops before returning
  • diarrhea – would you want to go to work or shopping if you had diarrhea??
  • sore throat – if no temp, stomachache, headache or swollen glands, can come to school;  with these additional symptoms, should go to doc to be strep tested
  • stomach ache – no associated symptoms, go to school; if accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea, fever or no interest in play, keep at home
  • colds – if fever free and not hacking up a storm, send them.  If persistent phlegmy cough and seems cranky or lethargic, or with fever or wheezing, home with mom. Remember that coughs can last for several weeks…annoying, but not infectious

 

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