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Latin Lessons For Parents: Conjuctivitis And Pediculosis Capitis are Pink Eye and Head Lice.

pink eye and head lice at schoolIt’s all fun and games until your email from the teacher starts like this:

Dear Parents,

We have a confirmed case of bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye) in our classroom today, and 2 other possible cases.

Ugh. Ever notice how over Christmas and summer vacation your kids are totally healthy? Then as soon as they are tossed back in with a group of others, someone gets sick and then everyone gets sick.

The symptoms of conjunctivitis include: red, swollen eyes and/or eyelids thick yellowish discharge around the eye (children often have trouble opening the affected eye upon waking up) itchy or painful eyes watery eyes

If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, please keep them at home, and please see the doctor to be tested for bacterial pinkeye. If the diagnosis is positive, children will need antibiotic eye drops.

This infection is highly contagious to both children and adults, and we appreciate your support in keeping our entire classroom community as healthy as possible.

We’ve been fortunate enough to receive BOTH a pink-eye AND a head lice email warning this year. Twice on the head lice.

There was another confirmed case of head lice in the class. I am taking precaution with the class environment.
Please check your children throughly.

I made a mistake in passively aggressively blaming dirty kids for the lice outbreak. Turns out that the little critters prefer clean kids. So if your kid complains about not wanting a bath, it might be okay to skip it.

We got lucky and dodged them both. Our son had a bout of the flu the same time all this was floating around, so we could remove him form the petri dish.

Babble has some great resources to help you get information on pink eye and head lice:

May you never receive these joyous emails.

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