Saturday 27 May 2017

Start school year on the right note

Medics see a very noticeable increase in the number of children that they treat in September with the start of the new school year
Medics see a very noticeable increase in the number of children that they treat in September with the start of the new school year

The number of children presenting with some kind of injury as they return to school is set to increase.

Dr Michelle de Brun, medical director at Vhi SwiftCare Clinics, said this month can be a busy one for doctors.

"Since the first clinic opened in 2005, we have seen a very noticeable increase in the number of children that we treat in September with the start of the new school year," she said.

"These injuries are not life threatening, but they can be painful and uncomfortable for children, and can really get the new school year off on the wrong note, adding additional stress at a busy time of year for families."

Here's some tips for youngsters to stay healthy as they head back to class:

* Children taking up a new sport should listen to their instructor and follow advice.

* As the school year starts, coughs and colds can spread rapidly. Encouraging good hand hygiene, educating children about placing their hands over their mouths while coughing and sneezing, and proper disposal of used tissues can all help to reduce the spread of infection.

* In the event of an injury, immediate care should aim to reduce bleeding at the site of the injury, prevent or reduce swelling and reduce the pain. The application of an ice pack may be used to assist with this and the use of simple pain relief can also help reduce their discomfort.

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