Meghan Bennett - School Nurse

meghan.bennett@bedford.k12.va.us


(revised September 2018)


FMS SCHOOL NURSE NOTES
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 Welcome back for the 2018-19 school year! I look forward to a great year working with the students to meet their health care needs!








Mandatory health screenings for 7th grade students and any new students entering the Virginia public school systems for the first time will be completed October 17th and 18th , 2018.  Please send in a written note to the school nurse if you prefer that your child not be screened no later than October 5th, 2018




Helpful Information

    • All students need an Emergency Card on file - please turn these in to the student's Homebase teacher
    • Please have the appropriate medical forms on file in the clinic if your child/children have medical conditions.
    • ALL medication forms are good for one school year (including the acetaminophen and antihistamine forms)
    • Additionally, please register your child/children in CareDox. This is our electronic charting system that notifies you of treatment provided to your child/children. CareDox is HIPAA & FERPA compliant. If you would like to register, email CareDox at activation@caredox.com
    • Clinic hours are 8:30-4 

    Also, students should not call or text parent to go home.  Student should ask teacher for permission to go to the clinic to see the nurse when not feeling well.       

                                                                                                               

Student Wellness Policy


The objectives of our Student Wellness Policy are to promote student health and reduce childhood obesity. Teachers are using other options for instruction/incentives rather than food items. Attention to individual student allergies and health care plans within the class population is required. No sharing of outside food and drinks among students. Do not send cupcakes, candy, or food treats for birthday celebrations or class parties.(For a complete list of recommended snacks see "Health Forms" portion of this web page) 


If you need assistance with health insurance please visit the FAMIS website at http://www.famis.org.

Oral Allergy Syndrome (Allergy and Asthma Network) Do you ever get an itchy mouth when eating watermelon or cantaloupe? What about that luscious peach that left your gums raw and irritated? Could be you are one of millions whose pollen allergy also sets them up to react to certain foods. It’s called oral allergy syndrome (OAS) and what’s behind it are protein similarities among some pollen-producing trees, grasses and weeds and related fruits and vegetables. For instance, a person who gets a runny nose or drippy eyes when exposed to ragweed pollen in the air might develop an itchy, tingling mouth or lips when eating banana, melon or cucumber. As many as one out of every three people with seasonal allergies may experience oral allergy syndrome. The exact number is unclear because the condition often goes undiagnosed. Symptoms can be mild, making it less likely that people will see a doctor for diagnosis. On the other hand, parents might not associate a child’s dislike of a vegetable with an allergic reaction.
Common Food Triggers Oral Allergy Syndrome is particularly common among people allergic to ragweed – some 36 million people in the U.S. – but it also affects people with other allergies. Researchers have identified specific foods that relate to birch, grasses and ragweed. Birch pollen: almond, apple, carrot, celery, cherry, hazelnut, kiwi, peach, pear, plum, potato, pumpkin seed Grass pollen: kiwi, melon, peach, tomato Ragweed pollen: banana, chamomile, cucumber, Echinacea, melon (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew), sunflower seed, zucchini.
 Oral Allergy Symptoms Symptoms of OAS include itchiness, irritation, and/or mild swelling or hives in or around the mouth. Symptoms can also seem quite random. For instance, many people are only bothered during pollen season; the rest of the year they can eat pollen-related foods with no problem. So if you’re allergic to ragweed, a melon in February (when ragweed is dormant) may not bother you at all, while one in September (when ragweed pollen counts are high) could set off symptoms with the first bite. Some people with OAS will react to fresh foods but not cooked or canned varieties. If you have grass allergy, for instance, you may be able to eat tomato sauce on pizza but develop itchy mouth from fresh tomato in a salad. Others may find they can eat certain varieties of a fruit (Macintosh apples versus Granny Smith, for instance) or fruits without their skins.
Oral Allergy Diagnosis and Treatment While most oral allergy symptoms will go away when you stop eating the food, it’s a good idea to see an allergist for an individual consultation any time you experience allergy symptoms related to food. Food-related symptoms can sometimes alert you to a more dangerous allergy, such as latex. A board-certified allergist can give you an accurate diagnosis, advise you which foods to avoid and recommend treatments to relieve symptoms.




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