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Just like that, summer has come and gone and school is about to be back in session. Something that all parents are very familiar with is the back to school plague that comes back every year. If you have little ones going back to school this month, taking every precaution you can to avoid the back to school plague is a must. Keep reading for a few tips from the team at Rawlins County Health Center.
Sneezing & Coughing Hygiene
Over the course of a year, your child is inevitably going to sneeze or cough more than a few times. This is also one of the easiest ways for colds and coughs to get passed around a classroom. For that reason, you should definitely sit down with your child before school starts and go over proper hygiene for when they cough or sneeze. A great way to make sure that they understand is by practicing with them so that they’re fully prepared for when they start school.
There’s no doubt about it, washing hands can drastically affect the likelihood of your child getting sick while at school. Hand washing is another thing that you can spend some time practicing to ensure they know how to thoroughly wash their hands before eating and after playing with other children. This is something that they’re going to need to know how to do for the rest of their life, so ensuring that they know the importance of washing their hands, recognizing when it needs to happen, and are confident in their ability to thoroughly wash their hands is never a bad thing.
Wipe Down School Supplies
There are certain items that your child is going to take to and from school on a regular basis. In most cases, these are the items that they’re going to be using on a regular basis while at school. Whether it’s an item that only they are using or something that they’re sharing with others, taking some time to wipe down their school supplies once a week or every couple of days can definitely help reduce the number of germs that they’re bringing home.
Recognize When to Stay Home
Missing a day of school may seem like a big deal, but sending your child to school when they’re sick can do so much more damage than good. If you notice that your child is showing signs of sickness or they have a fever, call the school and take them out for the day. You can get homework for them or ask the teacher what they missed, but a simple day off can give their body the time it needs to recover and can minimize the chances of the illness spreading.
Contact Our Team
Rawlins County Health Center is dedicated to providing the Atwood area with the medical guidance and care that they need. From physical therapy and diagnostic testing to family medicine and emergency care, we have got you covered. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have.
Summer is in full swing, which means that more and more people are enjoying time outdoors. With the countless things for you to enjoy in Atwood during the summer, it’s not too surprising that there are accidents that happen solely during the summer months that we see here at Rawlins County Health Center. In today’s blog post, we want to tell you a little bit more about some of the most common injuries that we come across in the summer. Let’s dive in.
Temperatures get pretty high during summers in Atwood, but the lack of attention that people have for these high temperatures is often what brings them into our medical center in the first place. From severe dehydration to heat stroke, we see countless people that get carried away with their time outdoors. These are just some of the more severe cases that come with too much time in the sun.
Another heat-related industry that comes in a slightly more severe format are burns. Sun burns are definitely one of the many reasons that people make their way to the hospital during the summer. From second-degree sun burns from too much time in the sun to third-degree burns from being too close to the grill or fire pit, we see it all. Our best advice for avoiding these types of accidents is to sit back when dealing with hotter appliances and always, always put sunscreen on when you’re going to be spending time outdoors.
When you spend the summer months traveling or attending dinner parties, it’s almost inevitable that you wind up with food poisoning at some point. The beginning stages of food poisoning may not seem so serious, but after hours or days of being sick, severe dehydration can become an issue. If you or someone you know winds up with food poisoning and they start to show signs of severe dehydration, make sure to head to the hospital.
Now, broken bones are one of the most common reasons that people visit our medical center as is, but during the summer there are countless broken bones that are tied to summer activities. Trampolines, for example, are one of the leading causes to countless broken arms during the summer months. Aside from that, bike riding, rock climbing, and sports related accidents are all leading causes of broken bones that lead people to our facility.
Trust Us With Your Injury
If you find yourself with an injury this summer, trust the team at Rawlins County Health Center to take care of you. Our team has been dedicated to providing the Rawlins County community with the absolute best care available for years and we are here for you if you when you need it. Whether it’s an x-ray or another diagnostic service to help mend a broken bone or it’s a day in the ER rehydrating, we’ve got you covered. Browse the variety of services that we offer at the Rawlins County Health Center and contact us with any questions you have.
Summer is right around the corner, which means school is out and the kids are outside and playing in the pool. While the cool water and pool toys will keep the kids busy for hours, pools can become quite dangerous when rules aren’t set and followed.
At Rawlins County Health Center, the last thing we want for Atwood residents is to have a poolside accident. We want everyone to be able to enjoy their summer vacation, not spending the afternoon or weekend in the hospital. Here are some of the top pool safety tips. In the case of an emergency, visit our 24-hour ER for exceptional service and care.
Keeping Kids Safe This Summer by the Pool
- Never leave a child unattended: Young kids should never be left alone by the pool. An adult who is a strong swimmer should always be around to watch young swimmers.
- Keep a range of safety items nearby: Pool safety items include a long pole with a hook and a life ring, as well as pool guards to make edges visible.
- Install pool alarms, covers, and barriers: Use a pool cover when the pool is not in use, install covers on the filters and drain covers, and make sure there is a tall, sturdy fence or gate surrounding the pool.
- Learn CPR: Enroll in a CPR class in the case of an emergency and ensure that your certification is current.
- Teach kids how to swim: Teaching even swimming basics like blowing bubbles and kicking feet can go a long way to protect inexperienced swimmers.
- Maintain the pool area: Keep an eye out for broken edges, cracks in the decking, holes in the fence, and loose ladders, and fix any necessary repairs right away.
- Don’t rely on fun floatation toys: Arm floaties and tubes should not be used as floatation devices as they can actually endanger a child who doesn’t know how to properly swim. Rather, purchase a full personal floatation device (PFD) or life jacket.
- Wear sunscreen: Spending hours in a secure pool without sunscreen can still be dangerous. Be sure to protect your skin as well.
If you have any questions or need medical assistance, don’t hesitate to contact Rawlins County Health Center. Stay safe this summer and remember to have fun!
Even though most people welcome the warmer weather of spring, the green buds on trees, and flowers popping up from the ground, anyone with seasonal allergies can’t wait for the season to be over. When some people are cutting flowers and making arrangements, others are sneezing, sniffling, and rubbing their eyes. So what can you do about it?
At Rawlins County Health Center, we want to treat patients with care and a range of exceptional services. If you’re suffering from seasonal allergies and need more than just over-the-counter medication, visit our health clinic and we’ll do our best to help you out. In the meantime, here are a few things you can do to combat the symptoms of pesky allergies.
Reduce Your Exposure
We don’t want to suggest that you need to stay indoors and avoid all life during the spring season, however, you can try:
- Staying inside on dry or windy days.
- Enlist someone else to mow the lawn or pull the weeds.
- Wash clothes right away after they have been exposed to outside allergens.
- Dry your clothes inside with a dryer rather than on a clothesline.
When Pollen Counts Are High
- Watch the news to find out when pollen counts are high.
- Take medication before symptoms begin.
- Keep doors and windows closed.
- Pollen counts tend to be higher in the morning, so only go outside in the afternoon.
Protect Your Inside Air Quality
- Install a high-efficiency HEPA filter in the forced heating or air conditioning systems.
- Use a dehumidifier to keep the air dry.
- Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
Clean Your Sinuses
Use a saline solution to give your nose and sinuses a good rinse. With a squeeze bottle from a health clinic, rinsing the sinuses will help relieve congestion and flush out mucus and allergens.
Whether it’s a nasal spray, antihistamine, or decongestant, medication is a quick solution to provide some relief. If over-the-counter medication doesn’t seem to cut it, feel free to schedule an appointment with your doctor at Rawlins County Health Center.
People with allergies can dread spring, but with the right allergy protection and medication, you can enjoy it! If you have any questions, contact Rawlins County Health Center today.