WELCOME TO THE SLRHS HEALTH OFFICE


Hello Parents & Guardians;

It certainly is amazing how quickly a school year can pass by! The rainfall we've experienced has created a scenery of green and the sun is now shining down upon us! All of that brings thoughts of June and we are faced with a few loose ends to wrap up before heading off for summer fun. First of all, I ask that you please pick up any prescribed medication that your student has had stored with me in the Health Office. The school cannot store the medication during the summer months and must be picked up before the last day of school, June 22. All unclaimed medications will be destroyed.

Here are a few helpful hints from the CDC to ensure a safe summer for all:

  • Wear sunscreen, with an SPF factor of at least 15, a wide-brimmed hat to protect your skin from the sun and sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  • Use U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets when out on the water.
  • Drink plenty of water even if you are not thirsty. Stay hydrated!
  • Keep those pesky, disease carrying bugs away. Use repellant when going outside.
  • Wash your hands often to avoid spreading germs.
  • Hike/Bike/Swim/Explore, always with a friend, never alone.
  • Wear the appropriate protective equipment when engaging in sport related activities to avoid injury.

In closing, I would like to wish everyone a summer full of fun and adventure, but most of all be safe in all that you do. So enjoy the weeks ahead for as we all know, time flies when you are having fun!!!

Mrs. Penny Svenson, RN

SLRHS

For more information on summer safety go to: www.cdc.gov/family/kids/summe/index




TEEN VAPING

TEEN VAPING is on the rise. “It’s a new generation, and there’s another way to hook kids on nicotine”, says Lisa Esposito, Patient Advice reporter at US News. Toxins masked with sweet candy flavors and marketed as cool social props feels similar to the way tobacco cigarettes were sold for decades before being found to be hazardous to our health. Don’t assume your teen wouldn’t vape or that you wouldn’t know that your teen was doing it. Many good students, star athletes, and otherwise “great kids”experiment with e-cigarettes at one time or another.

What to look for:

  1. Sweet scents such as bubble gum or candy flavored scents wafting through the room. This is the after-effects of cloud vapor. E-juices come in many flavor combinations. The sweeter the better for most teens.
  2. Skin flare-ups such as acne or red spots may take longer to heal.
  3. Nosebleeds are experiences as vaping dries out the nasal passageways. Dry cracking skin around the nose is also another indicator.
  4. Increased thirst is due to vaping being hydroscopic, meaning it dries out the mouth and throat. Drinking more liquids and urinating more frequently is a warning sign your teen may be vaping.
  5. Caffeine intake may be cut back due to the combination of nicotine and caffeine increasing irritability, mood swings and anxiety.
  6. “Vapers Tongue” is the loss of flavor perception when vaping. Spicer foods, added salt may suddenly be part of your teen’s diet if vaping. Vaper’s Tongue is a common term used among vape users.
  7. Pneumonia may occur as the nanoparticles present in e-cig vapor cause inflammation in the lungs, which can lead to pockets of bacterial infection resulting in pneumonia
  8. Unfamiliar spare parts such as cartridges, spare wires, cotton balls or small containers (pods), unfamiliar USB drives or battery charges may be found in your trash bin. Ask your teen about them.
  9. Sleep patterns can be affected by the nicotine ingested by your teen. Staying up later or sleeping in, along with restlessness/sleeplessness are indicators of a nicotine habit.
  10. Your child may be more irritable or easily frustrated when they vape, especially if they go long periods in between uses.
  11. Risky behaviors or making otherwise unsound decisions may be exhibited as your teen vapes and impairs the prefrontal cortex of the brain. Using addictive substances is a behavioral risk in and of itself. Nicotine changes the brain’s chemistry which can lead to psychological or personality differences separate from typical teenage hormonal changes. Watch out for these signs.