It’s that time of year again!
The back to school season is upon us, and parents all over New Orleans are getting kids ready for class. With the stress of school supply shopping and the threat of homework looming, it’s easy to forget that back to school also means thinking about kid’s health.
Summer is almost over for students at Hynes Elementary in Lakeview.
At Urgent Care MD (UCMD), we’ve made note of kid’s health subjects that have been popping up recently here in Lakeview. The UCMD staff decided to put together the following list of local health trends you should know about.
UCMD has seen many cases of strep in Lakeview over the past few months. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to be slowing down as back to school season starts up. The bacteria that causes strep are highly transmittable, especially in classrooms. According to the CDC, If your child is experiencing persistent symptoms such as throat pain, fever, or vomiting, it may not necessarily be strep. But it never hurts to get them checked out.
Mononucleosis is another illness that likes to lurk during back to school time. KidsHealth.org says it’s important for kids not to share things like forks, straws, water bottles, or lip gloss at school. This nasty virus can hang around for a long time, making kids feel run down and achy. UCMD has treated many patients, both kids and adults, for mono over the past month.
Just to make things even more confusing, the flu seems to be creeping around Lakeview too. How do you know whether your child has the flu as opposed to mono or strep? Web MD says the key flu indicator symptoms for kids are high fever, chills, shakes, body aches, sore throat, headaches and a dry hacking cough. The flu also loves to spread amongst people in close quarters, like classrooms.
Mount Carmel is ready to go.
Humanpapillomavirus is the main cause of cervical cancer in women. The CDC recommends that both boys and girls ages 11-12 receive the HPV vaccine. Yes, it’s not necessarily the easiest subject in the world regarding your kids. But as we’ve learned over the past few years, it is a very important one.
New Orleans loves sports, especially school sports. With all those try-outs and practices happening all over town in our hot and humid climate, it is important to think about dehydration. Check out this handy dehydration and youth sports guide from the Mayo Clinic for some in-depth info on keeping your kids safe.
Physicals and Medical Tests
Every single school year brings a slew of mandatory medical exams for students, teachers, school staff, and anyone else involved with kids. Sports physicals, school physicals, TB tests, and many more, are all available without appointment at UCMD.
What should you do?
The stress of back to school can quickly get overwhelming for both kids and parents. Being proactive is easily the best form of protection. Make sure to teach your kids to thoroughly wash their hands and practice other preventative hygiene habits. Playing sports? Make sure children are well hydrated and have been properly checked out before hitting the field.
St. Paul’s on Harrison in Lakeview.
Also, watch out for yourself. It is not just kids that can get sick during back to school time. Hopefully this list will help you and the kids have a great start to the new school year here in Lakeview and New Orleans!
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