Thursday, June 8, 2017

UMS Field Day: Sun and Heat Safety

It is finally starting to feel like summer and UMS Field Day is happening soon.  Your child will participate in many fun activities and there is not a lot of shade at Airport Park.

Follow these tips to help prevent sunburn and heat related illness.

Sun Safety
  • Apply sunscreen before your child comes to school.  Sunscreen should be reapplied every 2-3 hours.  Send sunscreen with your child and show him or her how to use it
  • Children should wear a hat and light colored clothing.  
  • Send sunglasses if your child has them.
Heat Safety
  • Hydration, hydration, hydration!  This is the number one way to prevent heat related illness.
  • Your child must bring a water bottle to Field Day.  Encourage your child to drink often.

For more information about sunscreen and sun safety, click here Sun Safety

To learn more about heat safety, click here heat related illnesses

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Skin Irritation from Gypsy Moth Caterpillars

Brown-tail moth caterpillar

Spring has sprung and gypsy moth caterpillars are active.  It is predicted to be a bad year for this invasive pest. The gypsy moth caterpillar is not a fussy eater. It has a preference for leaves of deciduous hardwood trees such as maple, elm, and oak.  However, during heavy infestations, competition for food will drive the caterpillar to attack almost any tree or shrub.

Most problems from caterpillar exposures are due to tiny hairs (setae) or actual spines on a caterpillar's body. Some cause allergic reactions. To learn about how to best remove these tiny hairs and to treat a reaction, open this link:  

Caterpillars and Treatment of Stings

Monday, May 22, 2017

Bicycle Safety

Spring is a great time to learn to ride a bike or improve your skills.
Here is a link to information about bike safety and how a bicycle works.
Have a safe and happy ride.

Bike Safety 101 - A Guide For Parents

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Be Tick Smart

Spring is finally here. Flowers are starting to bloom and ticks are active.
The tick in the picture on the right, was removed from a UMS student before the April break.

Tick information materials have been ordered from the Vermont Department of Health. I will send home these cards and booklets as soon as they are available.

Here is a link to resources about ticks and tick borne diseases:  Information about Ticks

Friday, April 7, 2017

Ventolin (Albuterol) HFA Inhaler Recall

GlaxoSmithKline has issued a voluntary recall for some Ventolin (albuterol) HFA inhalers as a precaution.  Due to leaking, the inhaler may contain fewer doses than is indicated on the dose counter.

The three lots affected are:
  • 6ZP0003     
  • 6ZP9944
  • 6ZP9848
For specific information about what to do if your child's inhaler is part of the recall, click on this link from the AAFA (Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America).
GSK voluntary recall of ventolin (albuterol) HFA inhalers

If your child has this brand inhaler at school, I will check the lot number and notify you if it is part of the recall.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Recall of Epi-Pens in United States

The latest recall by Mylan includes Epi-Pens distributed in the United States.

Please check any Epi-Pens you have at home.  I will check all Epi-Pens at school and notify you if your child's Epi-Pen is affected by this recall.

See the link for specific information about the lot numbers and expiration dates.

Recall of Epi-Pens in US

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Does your child need daily vitamins?

The short answer is some children need daily vitamins, but most do not.  The best way for your child to get the vitamins he or she needs is from food sources.

For more information, see the attached information from Claire McCarthy MD a pediatrician at Boston Children's Hospital.   Kids don't always need vitamins.

UMS Field Day: Sun and Heat Safety

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