Health & Illness

  • All children must be immunized to attend Halsey Schools

    Nursemaid’s Elbow – How to avoid & treat it.

    Nursemaid’s Elbow Nursemaid’s elbow is a partial dislocation of a ligament in the elbow called the radius. A dislocation happens when the ligament slips out of its normal position in the elbow. Nursemaid’s elbow is also called radial head dislocation and annual ligament displacement. Nursemaid’s elbow is a common condition in preschool children, generally affecting children under 5 years […]

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    Diaper Rash – What is it? How to avoid & cure it.

    What is diaper rash? Diaper rash is any rash that develops within the diaper area. Children with a mild case of diaper rash experience red skin. In more severe cases, there may be painful open sores. The red skin and sores are normally found around the groin and inside the folds of the upper thighs […]

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    Lice – What is it? How to treat it.

    Lice, or Pediculus humanus capitis, is a parasitic insect that can be found on the head, eyebrows, and eyelashes of people. Head lice feed on human blood several time a day and live close to the human scalp. Head lice are not known to spread disease. Getting head lice has absolutely nothing to do with personal […]

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    Impetigo – What is it? How to treat it.

    Impetigo is caused by streptococcus (strep) or staphylococcus (staph) bacteria. The skin normally has many types of bacteria on it, but intact skin is an effective barrier that keeps bacteria from entering and growing in the body. When there is a break in the skin, bacteria can enter the body and grow there, causing inflammation and infection. […]

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    Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease – What is it? How to treat it.

    What is Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease? It is a non-serious viral infection causing sores in the mouth and blisters on hands & feet. It usually appears in the Spring & Fall. It is often difficult to diagnose. It may appear to be chicken pox, insect bits, dermatitis etc. If you suspect your child shows the […]

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    Fever, Diarrhea, Vomiting – What is it? How to treat it.

    A fever is not a disease. It is a symptom that can accompany many childhood illnesses, especially infections. A fever is not the only sign of a serious illness. While some children are fine with a temperature of 104, others can be deathly ill with a temperature of 101 or even without a fever or a low […]

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    Discolored Runny Nose – What is it? How to avoid & treat it.

    A runny nose with green or yellow discharge is a sign of a viral infection or a bacterial/sinus infection. Your child may just have a cold or a more serious sinus infection requiring antibiotics. According to our Illness Policy, if your child shows these symptoms, he/she will need care at home away from other children for at least […]

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    Chicken Pox – What is it? How to avoid & cure it.

    Chickenpox is a highly contagious viral infection that causes a red, itchy rash on the skin. The chickenpox rash usually appears first on the abdomen or back and face, and then spreads to almost everywhere else on the body, including the scalp, mouth, nose, ears, and genitals. The rash begins as multiple small, red bumps […]

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    Pink Eye / Conjunctivitis – What is it? How to treat & cure it.

    Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye, Pink Eye)   is the most common eye problem children can have. It can cause redness, itching, inflammation or swelling, and a clear or white, yellow, or greenish gooey liquid to collect in the eyes. It usually doesn’t hurt, but itching can be annoying. Sometimes it feels like you have an eyelash or […]

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    Strep Throat – What is it? How to avoid & cure it.

    Strep Throat is an easily treatable throat infection caused by a group A streptococci bacteria. It is most common in children over three years old and begins with a fever, a red, swollen throat and tonsils that can have a white coating of pus, swollen glands, decreased appetite and energy level. Cases are most common during the winter […]

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    Roseola – What is it? How to avoid & cure it.

    Roseola is a highly contagious virus that many infants under three years old can catch, but is most common in infants under age one. Roseola is generally a non-eventful childhood illness. Once it has run its course, it usually goes away with out any further complications. The first symptom you will notice in your child is an […]

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    Croup – What is it? How to avoid & cure it.

    Croup is an infection caused by a virus that causes the trachea (windpipe) and larynx (voice box) to swell. It is usually part of a cold. Croup causes a fever, hoarseness and a barking, hacking cough. It also may cause a crowing noise (called stridor) when the child breathes in through the narrowed windpipe. Croup usually lasts 5 to […]