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News From The Nurse
Posted 11/21/2014 12:00PM
Bumps, cuts and scrapes are common when dealing with active children and as parents, it is important to keep any wounds or punctured skin cleaned and covered to prevent infection. Staph infections, caused by the entrance of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria into open wounds, can be nasty buggers and quite contagious. Kids can carry staph bacteria and easily pass it on to others. Take a peek at this informative article for more details: http://kidshealth.org/teen/infections/bacterial_viral/staph.html.
 
Coughs are also common for kids too, but if your child has been barking like a dog or sounding like a seal, it could be a more serious. Croup, a common childhood illness, has been seen around campus lately.  Croup can be very scary, though rarely serious when treated immediately.  Croup is contagious.  So remember, your child should stay at home until well.  Please visit the following link for more information: http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/lung/croup.html .
 
Thanks!
 
Megan M. Anderson, R.N.
manderson@antilles.vi or nurse@antilles.vi
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