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                Welcome to the Sargent School Health Office


Here are 7 Tips to help keep you Healthy!  

*Also, please refer to the link on right side of this page for the Reasons for Dismissal/when to keep your child home.

  1. Wash your hands-be sure to wash your hands before meals, after you blow your nose, using the bathroom and anything in between that may get your hands dirty.  Be sure to lather for 20 seconds(the length it takes to sing the Happy Birthday Song)!!!!!
  2. Cover your cough or sneeze-if you feel a cough or a sneeze coming on, get your elbow ready!  coughing and sneezing into your elbow significantly decreases the spread of germs.  Did you know that a sneeze can travel up to 200 FEET?!?!
  3. Get your Flu Shot-The Flu vaccine is the best way to help prevent getting the Flu.  Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are used to make the vaccine.  You won't get the Flu from the Flu vaccine!
  4. Get enough Sleep-be sure to go to bed early so you have enough time to let your brains and body reset for school.  Elementary aged children require 10-12 hours of rest every night.
  5. Eat Healthy- make sure to eat healthy balanced meals!  Don't forget to eat breakfast; Its the most important meal of the day!
  6. Drink plenty of water- Our bodies are made up of about 60% water so it is important to drink enough fluids to keep our bodies moving.
  7. Stay Active- Staying active helps to build our muscles, keep our heart healthy and helps our lungs move oxygen to our brains.  60 minutes of exercise a day is encouraged for kids 6-17 years old!

Reduce Your Holiday Stress With These Asthma Control Tips

Don't let hidden allergy and asthma triggers ruin your holiday cheer. Knowing where your triggers can hide during this festive season can reduce your chances of an asthma attack (or flare).

  1. Cold, Dry Air When heading out into the cold, wrap a scarf loosely over your nose and mouth. When you breathe through a scarf, it warms up the air before it gets to your lungs. This helps prevent the cold air from irritating your airways and triggering an asthma attack.
  2. Fireplaces and Smoke - Smoke from burning wood emits tiny particles into the air.  These small particles that get in the air can pass through your nose or mouth and get into your lungs. The particles can make asthma worse and increase the risk of having an asthma attack/flare.
  3. Scented Candles - To make your home smell great naturally, bake items that contain vanilla, cinnamon or citrus. You can boil orange peels in water on the stove. Natural scents tend to irritate the lungs less than synthetic ones. But scents affect everyone differently, so find the scent that works best for you, or go scent free.
  4. Live pine trees and wreaths - Live pine trees and wreaths can cause problems for those with asthma and allergies. They can bring mold and pollen into your home.
  5. Furry Friends - During the winter, pets tend to stay inside more. This can mean more fur and dander present in indoor spaces.

 School Nurse 

Dana Woodford, BSN, RN

Sargent Elementary School 
300 Abbott Street
North Andover, MA 01845

978-738-1302 - School Nurse 
978-725-3673 - Main Office Phone
978-725-3678 - Main Office Fax

When should you keep your child home from school?

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