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​DISCLAIMER... This is a parent written article inspired by an informal conversation and is only sharing ideas not professional advice.


We LOVE Nurse Robinson! and she loves our kids. A few of us caught up with her the other day and she shared some really great tips that we can do at home to combat many childhood health issues shared at school.


So... DRUMROLL PLEASE... Let's here it for for a top 10 list of how to help our kids share less germs, bugs and other potential community health issues (that doubles a great self evaluation checklist!)


Our school teachers will be VERY grateful you took the time to scan this public service announcement:)



Ms. Robinson said it would be great if we "educate kids about food allergy reactions caused by contact." Kids need to understand that washing hands both before and AFTER we eat is important. There are children who may have a traumatic and expensive reaction when they touch oils from a food they are allergic too. Many children are only aware that their age mates might have a reaction from eating an allergen rather than touching residue from one. While it is a challenge to have kids wash hands during a busy school day, educating our children about the issue will help both at school and everywhere else.



Blue cards are back! Last Monday, blue health information forms went home in folders. Parents with children that attended school before the district switched to the online registration (w/ the infosnap codes) will remember these blue cards. Emergency professionals have missed them. Ms. Robinson says paramedics rave about the blue cards when the need for them has come up. Accessing health information from a child's computerized record is not as accessible for all staff members as simply pulling the card. The paper copy can also be updated with new health or contact information midyear. It may be an inconvenience to fill out another form, but in an emergency, those helping your child will be best equipped because of your effort!


Lost your blue cards before returning them to the school? The front office has extras ready for you. Please send them in when you can!



Each teacher does a lot to help disinfect throughout the day in class. Ask if there is anything that she could use more of to fight germs! Please send their pick of germ fighting supplies in to school. It's about to be cold & flu season and it will be more than just a donation. It will be an investment in not getting amoxicillin!


Need a GREAT RECOMMEND on what to send in to your teachers?


(Disclaimer, Nurse Robinson didn't specify what to send, but there's a box top offer on this one;) ...Head over to Sam's to buy Professional Lysol Wipes. Reading the labels on regular disinfecting wipes is discouraging when you realize that they are only effective against a few specific germs. Instead, pick a product with a back label that has a much longer list of viruses, bacteria and fungal infections that the product can fight. If you've got a Sam's card, pick up Professional Lysol Wipes. They are a great price per wipe and you'll not be sad you are well stocked at home and still have some to send in to a classroom or two. they make for a great fundraiser! 




Oh No! Someone just vomited? Disinfecting at home doesn't have to be hard or expensive. Ms. Robinson says that a spray bottle with 1 part bleach and 9 parts water is a great disinfectant. Spray down that toilet and walk away. Air drying after spraying a 10% bleach solution or a Lysol spray is best for the chemical to do it's job. With more time, more germs are killed.


The BEST disinfectant, according to another article and not Ms. Robinson, is to not just use one method.  For example, bleach, high heat and sunlight are all great ways to disinfect, but, when possible, are best as a combo. That might sound like double duty, but choose easy to do methods and your efforts may just save you the stress of starting over when the next family member gets sick. For ex. Leave that cell phone out in the sun for (quite a while) but also use a Lysol wipe. Add some bleach to that washing machine load. Use that dishwasher on high heat for an easy 1 hour sanitize for toothbrushes, plastic toys, plastic combs/brushes, soap dishes and other items that can be tossed in and come out germ free.


Toothbrushes are also inexpensive. It is best to replace them if strep is going around at your house according to medical professionals to avoid reinfection yourself with a tougher strain of strep.



As we spend more time outside for soccer practice and football games, remember to prevent mosquito bites. We still have a few more weeks before it's cold enough to keep them away, but Nurse Robinson hopes to remind parents that it is important to avoid mosquito born illnesses.



Fever? Vomiting? Sore throat? Those are definitely days you need to keep your child home for 24 hours until the fever or vomiting are over. Send them back too soon and you may be gifting your teacher with a virus that will send her home too.



Teach children how to cover their cough. Using hands to cover coughs actually spread germs faster, so encourage them to completely cover their cough with their elbow or upper arm instead.



More sleep means better immune systems!


#2 TEA TREE OIL. (for Lice prevention and more!) 

Ms. Robinson will tell you of the girls she raised. She'll tell you how even sharing the same pillows one had a hair type that lice was attracted to and one still wouldn't get it. She'll encourage you and coach you that getting rid of lice is tough, but a normal part of parenting. Do stop by and consult with her if you've discovered the little buggers!


Want to avoid getting lice in the first place? (and the answer is YES!) Ms. Robinson will tell you she would add a few drops of Tea Tree Oil in shampoos year round. This helps to repel lice. Tea Tree Oil has been the favorite secret of lice fighting moms decades before essential oils hit your news feed. You can find it at Wal-mart, HEB, the pharmacies... you should be able to find it anywhere. A little bottle that can last years is likely under $5! Tea tree oil in your shampoo or body wash is also helping in avoiding the spread of skin viruses or fungal issues like molluscums and other unspeakables kids share with each other. Great for scalp health too!


Lice populations are increasingly resistant to RID and other treatment products. There really is not an instant cure. You'll still want to employ some sort of shampoo treatment (and repeat days later), but painstaking physical removal is a must. Don't be shy in calling for help. Lice should not be an embarrassing secret! It is time to call in for advice from moms who have won the battle before. You'll get great advice such as..."look for nits in the sunlight where . Strike up an interesting conversation or indulge in treats, because you'll be more thorough if everybody is patient. Rather than pull the nits out along the hair (you'll loose 'em along the way. snip that particular strand above the nit, then drop it in the grass which will prevent the lice from being in your house." That's golden advice right there!


For the good of our school family, here's a shameless plug for a local business that really does a LOT to help College Hills families fight lice. Don't hesitate to contact them for help and they offer screenings free. If you've worked hard, but lice are back, or if you don't have a ton of time to focus on the problem, contact mom, Sonia Sandoval Watt, or visit



Hand Washing. Real. Hand Washing. Catch those kids running out of the bathroom before the toilet has flushed. Those hands aren't washed either;) Just walked in the door from a trip to school, church, movies or grocery store? Families who set a habit that hands are washed when you arrive back home should notice a reduction in how often kids get sick. Otherwise, those public germs are still on those fingertips when they reach for an afternoon snack.


Ms. Robinson suggests teaching kids how to really wash their hands. Soap makes a difference and is needed. How long kids wash their hands is what is most important. They should keep rubbing their hands under running water long enough to sing the ABC song. Teach them why and how to use the back of their hand or a paper towel to turn off the water. Avoiding the bathroom door handle can be another challenge you give them that may just pay off.

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