Sara Mihaljevich, RN School Nurse
I’m checking in on our Bobcats and their families, because I miss you all! Parents, I know what a difficult time this is for you and your children. If you need to talk, my office is still open for you. My virtual office hours are 8:30am to 2:30pm Monday through Friday. If you need to reach me please email or leave a phone message. I check both multiple times a day. For the most current information on Covid-19 your best source is www.cdc.gov/
Here are some additional links that you may find helpful while your children are away from school:
Epi-Pen Assistance Program
this site contains a list of several additional resources
Billy's Place website
Stepping Stones of Hope
Illness or Injury
Urgent Care or Emergency Room?
Poison, Drugs, Stings
(Free professional help by phone 24 hours/day)
Banner Poison Control
TREATING SYMPTOMS OF ILLNESS AT HOME
Due to Covid-19, our protocol for treating your child's symptoms of illness at school will change, but these basic principles of home care continue. I will provide the latest updates per state, county and DVUSD as we approach a return to in person learning.
Do not hesitate to contact your physician for guidance and recommendations in caring for your ill child at home. Please DO NOT send your child back to school until he/she is fever free (less than 100 degrees F) for 24 hours without the use of Tylenol and/or Ibuprofen.
Keep the child lightly clothed at all times. Infants and small children need only a diaper; older children, only underpants and undershirts.
- DO NOT use heavy covers, blankets, or quilts to cover the child while in bed. The most that is needed is a single sheet.
- Keep the child's room cool (no warmer than 70 degrees) and well ventilated. Keep room window open a crack.
- Give lots of cool, clear liquids as often as the child will drink them. As a rule, clear liquids are anything you can see newspaper through‑‑for example: water, apple juice, 7‑Up,
ginger ale, and orange, lemon, or lime jello.
- Give sponge baths with tepid water. DO NOT USE ALCOHOL.
Child may be seated in a tub and water poured over front and back for 30 minutes.
- Take child's temperature and record both time and temperature noting whether it was taken orally, rectally, or at the armpit.
- To reduce fever and relieve aches and pains safely, you may prefer to give your child acetaminophen or Tylenol, using the dosage indicated on the bottle or as prescribed by your doctor. Use of aspirin in children is not recommended as it has been closely associated with the occurrence of Reyes Syndrome.
- MILK SHOULD NOT BE GIVEN AS IT TENDS TO UPSET THE STOMACH.
- Fever is a symptom and your family doctor should be notified. He will want to see child for assessment of causative illness.
Withhold food from the stomach for a period of 3‑6 hours.
- Wait 30 minutes after the child has vomited and give the child ice chips or water in small amounts. If the child retains this you may give then give clear liquids in small amounts (tea, jello, ginger ale, 7‑UP, or Gatorade).
- After 6 hours without recurrent vomiting you may introduce the child to clear soups, broths, or soft foods.
- If your child has persistent vomiting, you should contact your family doctor as this tends to cause a chemical imbalance in the body.
As with vomiting, treatment for diarrhea must involve resting the GI tract, so follow the same instructions.
- If diarrhea is severe, you should contact your family doctor, as this tends to cause a chemical imbalance in the body.