Back to School Health Tips from Curtis Pharmacy

To all the new pencil-purchasing, clothes-shopping, the lunchbox-packing parents: We get it.

Your children just have to find their bus stop and walk in the doors. But you – you have a lot on your plate. And you have more than one plate to fill. So when it comes to filling a prescription, stop at Curtis Pharmacy and walk in our doors. We’ll do the rest.

 Asthma and other COPDs

According to the Center for Disease Control, 8.4 percent of children in the U.S. have asthma. Inhalers are available over-the-counter for asthma or other chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD).

If inhalers are prescribed, consider having two. One for school and one for home. The less you need to track one around, the better. Talk to your school. Know the rules and procedures on what to do in the event of an asthma attack. Talk to your child about the repercussions of sharing the inhaler with others.

Unlike Rx prescriptions or some other medications, older children may be able to carry their inhaler around. It can be kept safe in a book or gym bag.

Risks of Anaphylaxis

The most common causes of anaphylaxis are reactions to food or medication and insect bites. If your child is at risk for any of these, talk to your school. Auto-injectors for life-threatening reactions, such as the Epi-Pen, Epi-Pen Jr., Auvi-Q, or a generic piece should be available on-site.

There are 5.9 million kids in the U.S. with some type of food allergy. Many are limited and mild reactions, but some can be severe and life-threatening. The World Allergy Organization Journal says .50 to 2% of the population is estimated to experience anaphylaxis at some point, and this number is trending upward.

Curtis Pharmacy will check all available options for you, including manufacturer coupons to help offset the rising costs. Check here to see if you qualify for financial assistance for the Epi-Pen product line.

In addition to speaking with your school nurse and teachers about your child’s aversion to certain elements, if you have a future professional athlete on your hands, make sure you speak with the coaching staff about these issues and ensure there is an auto-injector available on-site for practices and games.

Diabetes

As many as 1.25 million Americans have type 1 (commonly known as childhood) diabetes, according to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This condition is typically insulin dependent.

Most school nurses are familiar with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Talk to your school about the insulin injection procedure. Will your child be required to report to a certain place? Will he be called upon? If you have a child that needs re-dosed with insulin vials or pens, the school should have a refrigerator for proper storage.

Prescription Medications

Some of the most commonly prescribed pediatric drugs include amoxicillin, azithromycin (commonly known as z-pack), albuterol and cefdinir (see a full list of the top 30 here).

Many of these are antibiotics used to treat various bacterial infections such as strep throat, sinus, ear, and pneumonia. Curtis pharmacy can help if your child needs re-dosed with a medication at school. We can supply you with an extra bottle and extra label with the same directions and information.

Lice

Many natural products such as rosemary, eucalyptus, citronella, tea tree and lemon grass claim to repel lice; however, they are not regulated by the FDA. Some things you can do to prevent the spread of lice:

  • Ask your child to avoid shared spaces where more than one piece of head wear is hung or placed, e.g. lockers and closets.
  • Ask your child to keep their hat in his or her bookbag or gym bag if they have one.
  • Ask your child not to share or accept shared personal belongings.

Immune Support Supplements

Immune support starts outside of school. A healthy diet, proper sleep schedule and an appropriate amount of exercise are all major components of a healthy immune system. Supplements that assist in these day-to-day activities can give your child a boost, both physically and mentally. Curtis Pharmacy has you covered. Younger children in school-age and day care can be at risk for colds. Along with multivitamins for children of all ages:

  • Vitamin C can help ward off illness, and also help decrease the severity.
  • Vitamin E is an antioxidant essential for overall cell health and an important immune support supplement.
  • Vitamin A is critical for good vision and bone growth, as well as supporting cell division and skin health.

ADHD

The percentage of children diagnosed with ADHD increased from 7 percent in 2003 to 11 percent in 2011, according to a study by the CDC in 2015. That’s a 43% increase in eight years. A new year can mean a new routine, new teachers, and sometimes, a new school and new environment for your child.

Speak with your teacher about your child’s diagnosis. Making suggestions to accommodate his or her new environment can make a difference. For example, you may want to ask for your child to sit in front of the classroom instead of in the back or near a window. Establishing a routine is paramount — ask for a copy of your child’s schedule to closely monitor patterns and procedures of their day-to-day school life.