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Safety Tips

Tips for Staying Healthy:

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Stay home when you or your children are sick.
  • Cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Hand washing and avoid touching your T zone (eyes, nose, and mouth).
  • Practice healthy habits: get plenty of sleep, do physical activities, manage your stress levels, drink plenty of water, eat healthy/nutritiously, and get your yearly flu shot.

If you have any specific questions regarding communicable diseases, you can call the school nurse at 898-0923 or you can also go The New Mexico Department of Health website for more information.

Parent Safety Tips

It is very important for parents to talk to their kids about their safety. Here are some tips to help you:

  • Listen to your children, get involved.
  • Know your children’s daily activities, habits, and their location at all times. Listen to what they like and don’t like.  Encourage open communication and let them know they can talk about any situation or problem with you.
  • Reassure your children their safety is YOUR #1 CONCERN. Set boundaries about places they may go, people they may see, and things they may do.
  • Reinforce the “buddy system”. Children should know their name, home phone, and how to use the telephone.
  • Be careful when putting your children’s name on clothing, backpacks, lunchboxes, and bicycle license plates. If their name is visible this may put them on a “first name” basis with an abductor.
  • Walk the route to and from school with your children, pointing out landmarks and safe places to go if they are being followed or need help.  If your children take the bus, visit the bus stop, and make sure they know which bus to take.

ACTIVITY SAFETY

Outdoor activities are a great way to get into shape, reduce your stress, and spend time as a family. You can choose from biking, jogging, skating, walking, or whatever works for you and your family. With each of these activities, you also must think about safety.

A helmet, you can use other equipment such as pads, elbow and knee guards, safety glasses etc., should be used with some of the activities mentioned above.  You can enroll your child in a bike safety class. This will teach them traffic safety and rules of the road.  When choosing a helmet, it must fit securely and comfortably with a chin strap.  The helmet must be designed to absorb any impact to the head, you can look for the CPSC label that will tell you that helmet has met the safety standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Always remember when out in the sun, use sunscreen, drink plenty of water, schedule your activity in the morning or late in the day when the sun is less intense, but most of all have fun and enjoy your activity!

  

Tips for raising a Healthy and Active Child

  • Prepare and eat more meals together. Create routines and traditions that make mealtime a special time to eat and talk together.
  • Boost your family’s intake of fruits, veggies, and whole grains: Keep washed & ready to eat.
  • Down size portions: use smaller plates and glasses for meals. When eating out, share a meal or take half the meal home.
  • Rethink your drink: Replace sugar sweetened drinks like sodas with low fat milk or water.
  • Make sure family members get 8 or 9 hours of sleep a night.

 

Fact: Children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day!!!

 

  • Get moving yourself! Children often “inherit” their family’s lifestyle, so if you are active, chances are your child will be too. Adults set the tone for active living in the family.
  • Fit activity in your family life. You don’t need to spend extra money or even get involved in sports.  A simple walk around the neighborhood or playing at a local park will increase a family’s activity level.
  • Do More than watch. Playing at any age is okay.  If you forgot how, your child can show you! Your involvement and enthusiasm supports your child’s play.
  • Set limits on TV and computer time-for the whole family. That leaves more time for active play and exercise.

Concussion Facts

A concussion is a type of brain injury that is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that causes the head and brain to more rapidly back and forth. 

Signs and symptoms of a concussion can show up immediately after an injury or hours to days after the injury.  It is important that children be observed for changes in behavior or if symptoms are getting worse. Most concussions occur without a loss of consciousness. If your child has one or more of the symptoms listed below; seek medical attention immediately!

More information is available at: CDC:Concussion

Symptoms of Concussions: 4 Categories

Thinking/
Remembering

Physical

Emotional/
Mood

Sleep

Difficulty thinking clearly or remembering events prior and or after the hit, bump, or fall

Headache, pressure in head

Fuzzy, blurry, or double vision, one pupil larger than the other

Irritability

Sleeping more than usual

Feeling slowed down, sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy

Loss of consciousness (even briefly)

Nausea or vomiting
(early on)
Dizziness

Sadness

Sleep less than usual

Difficulty concentrating

Sensitivity to noise or light, slurred speech, seizure

Balance  and coordination problems

More emotional than usual

Trouble falling asleep or difficult to awaken

Difficulty remembering new information or recognizing people and places

Feeling tired; having no energy

Nervousness or anxiety