First Aid requirements are kept in the casualty bay.
Medical and homoeopathic remedies are available but families need to note a preference for homoeopathic remedies at enrolment.
Teachers cannot administer disprin or paracetamol or other analgesics to children unless on doctor’s prescription or on authorisation from caregivers.
Basic first aid can be carried out by the school. If children require a visit to hospital, to a doctor or to be sent home, parents will be contacted.
School needs to be notified of any health factors which effect children ie disabilities, asthma, Hepatitis etc.
• Allergies- If children are allergic to stings or other stimuli, please advise the school and provide sufficient quantity of the antidote to be kept for emergencies.
• Common colds- These occur often. Please provide children with handkerchiefs or tissues and instructions of how to use them.
• Common diseases and infections (see separate chart)
• Head Lice are a common problem in NZ. (separate chart)
• Impetigo (School sores)- Children need medical treatment or effective remedies to combat impetigo. It is very contagious and will not get better by itself. Impetigo is spread by direct contact with discharge from infected skin. Impetigo starts as small red spots which quickly become blisters. The sores grow and become pus filled and crusted. When the scab falls off a temporary scar remains. The hands, face and scalp are most often affected. Tenderness and swelling of the glands in the groin, armpit or neck may occur. If sores are treated and covered with a clean dressing, children may attend school.
• Medication at school- If a child is bringing medication to school, written instructions giving the school permission to administer the medication are required. A standard form is available if required.
• Rest and Exercise- Younger children sometimes require an occasional rest day or rest afternoon until they can get used to the full school day and school terms. Broken sleep, late nights, early mornings, family circumstances etc are some of the things which can contribute to tiredness. Please avoid sending children to school tired and please contact their teacher if your child is unusually tired. Often an interrupted sleep routine (ie late night) takes 2 or 3 nights normal sleep before the ‘jet lag’ has passed. The whole class suffers if tired, irritable children come to school. No one can make the most of their learning opportunities.
• Worms-If children are suffering from broken sleep, itchiness, tiredness, large appetites, irritability etc – check that the problem isn’t worms. It is recommended children regularly take worm tablets – available from chemist.