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Health tips for kids for the beginning of the school year

(WSYX/WTTE)

Dr. Denny shared these tips for keeping your kids' health up this fall:

Pedestrian injuries peak in the month of September. With kids all back in school, it is a good time to review some pedestrian safety tips.

School aged children – kids 10 and under are still very impulsive and need adult supervision crossing the street.

• Always cross at the cross walk

• When at a stop sign or traffic light, do not assume that the driver is going to stop – look left-right-left every time before crossing the street

• If cars are parked on the street, carefully enter the cross walk and stop at the edge of the parked cars to check for oncoming traffic

• Always walk on the sidewalk, if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic

• Put down the electronics and be aware of your surroundings, make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street

Preschool children – fast and do not understand danger

• Always need to cross with an adult holding their hands

• Model safe behavior and talk about what you are doing and why

• Avoid using streets and playgrounds as play spaces, if possible

Drivers – kids are unpredictable, SLOW DOWN!

• If you are in a school zone, near a park or driving in an area where there are a lot of children, slow down, and be scanning for children darting into the street

• Put the phone down – it only takes a second of distraction to have tragic results

Links for the website:

https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/811026.pdf

Asthma

6.2 million children in the United States carry a diagnosis of asthma, that is 8.4% of US children. September historically sees peak levels of ER and doctor’s visits for asthma related complaints in kids.

• Thought to be due to a combination of factors, poor medication compliance over the summer, increased exposure to viruses that cause colds, exposure to environmental triggers such as fungus and mold.

• Asthma exacerbations are when the airways swell have increased mucus and the muscles lining the airways tighten.

• Some symptoms include rapid breathing, increase work of breathing, chest tightness, wheezing

• Prevention is the key:

• Asthma Action Plan

o Use controller medications, if prescribed, every day, this prevents asthma flares

o Flu shot

o Avoid triggers

Cigarette smoke

Molds and Fungus

Cockroaches

Viruses

**Hand washing is the best way to prevent the viruses that cause asthma flares

**Use of controller medications daily can prevent flares

*** Flu shot

There’s an app for that (maybe screen shot of the app) - Asthma Care https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/asthmacare

shown to be effective through a clinical study

designed to provide education, improve the use of controller medications, and teach self-directed asthma care in an effort to prevent asthma attacks

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