Prairie Mountain Health Room
The sun radiates light to the earth, and part of that light consists of invisible ultraviolet (UV) rays. When these rays reach the skin, they cause tanning, burning, and other skin damage.
Sunlight contains three types of ultraviolet rays: UVA, UVB, and UVC.
1. UVA rays cause skin aging and wrinkling and contribute to skin cancer, such as melanoma. Because UVA rays pass effortlessly through the ozone layer (the protective layer of atmosphere, or shield, surrounding the earth), they make up the majority of our sun exposure. Beware of tanning beds because they use UVA rays. A UVA tan does not help protect the skin from further sun damage; it merely produces color and a false sense of protection from the sun.
2. UVB rays are also dangerous, causing sunburns, cataracts (clouding of the eye lens), and immune system damage. They also contribute to skin cancer. Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, is thought to be associated with severe UVB sunburns that occur before the age of 20. Most UVB rays are absorbed by the ozone layer, but enough of these rays pass through to cause serious damage.
3. UVC rays are the most dangerous, but fortunately, these rays are blocked by the ozone layer and don’t reach the earth.
What’s important is to protect your family from exposure to UVA and UVB, the rays that cause skin damage.
As the weather warms, it serves as a reminder to get outside and move our bodies. Children should have at least 30 to 60 minutes a day of moderate physical activity most days of the week. They should be spending less time sitting and watching TV or using the computer.
As children are active their bodies will produce sweat. As sweat touches the skin and “joins in” with bacteria on the skin, body odor may be produced. The odor that is produced can be influenced by changing hormones as children enter puberty.
Helpful Hygiene Hints:
1. Drink a lot of water to prevent dehydration and concentration of body fluids.
2. Bathe daily using shampoo and soap.
3. Use deodorant daily and as needed after exercise
4. Wear clean clothes (including jacket and socks).
Good hygiene is important for children. Rejection due to poor hygiene can be very difficult.
*If unable to purchase hygiene items, please contact the health room at your school.*
Sun Safety Tips
Protecting your skin from the sun’s damaging rays is vital for a number of important health reasons. Here are the top ten steps you can take to protect your health:
• When possible, avoid outdoor activities during the hours between 10 AM and 4 PM, when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
• Always wear a broad-spectrum (protection against both UVA and UVB) sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.
• Be sure to reapply sunscreen frequently, especially after swimming, perspiring heavily or drying off with a towel.
• Wear a hat with a 4-inch brim all around because it protects areas often exposed to the sun, such as the neck, ears, eyes, forehead, nose, and scalp.
• Wear clothing to protect as much skin as possible. Long-sleeved shirts, long pants, or long skirts are the most protective. Dark colors provide more protection than light colors by preventing more UV rays from reaching your skin. A tightly woven fabric provides greater protection than loosely woven fabric.
• To protect your eyes from sun damage, wear sunglasses that block 99 to 100-percent of UVA and UVB radiation.
• Consider wearing cosmetics and lip protectors with an SPF of at least 15 to protect your skin year-round.
• Swimmers should remember to regularly reapply sunscreen. UV rays reflect off water and sand, increasing the intensity of UV radiation.
• Some medications, such as antibiotics, can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information about the medications you are taking.
• Children need extra protection from the sun. One or two blistering sunburns before the age of 18 dramatically increases the risk of skin cancer. Encourage children to play in the shade, wear protective clothing and apply sunscreen regularly.
Source: American Cancer Society
FREE Dental Care May 4thth and May 18th, 2018
FRIDAY DENTAL DAYS
Throughout the school year, Friday clinics will be scheduled for our student needs. This opportunity is brought to us by
White Bird Dental Clinic and Oregon Community Foundation
All Bethel students are eligible regardless of ability to pay.
To take advantage of this convenient and great service, forms are available at each school Health Room and at Bethel Health Center.
Fill out an application and return it to your school office. You will receive a call to schedule the appointment.
If you have health insurance, please bring your insurance card to the appointment.
If the hygienist noticed possible dental need at a school screening, you will also receive a phone call offering help to get care.
Call White Bird Dental and mention the Bethel Friday clinics. 541-344-8302
Bethel Health Center is located inside Cascade Middle School. The entrance is on the north side of the building. Look for the awning. 1525 Echo Hollow Rd Suite A
Click on Link for Application: Whitebird Dental Permission Form- Eng
Asthma and allergies are on the rise – Spring is upon us
Does your child show signs of asthma?
• Coughing with or without sickness
• Not able to ‘catch his/her breath’ after exercise
• ‘Whistling’ or ‘wheezing’ heard when breathing
• Cold air or temperature changes makes breathing worse
• Being in a smoky environment makes breathing worse
• Does your child sleep poorly because of his/her cough?
If your child has known asthma:
• Is the inhaler expired?
• Is your child using the inhaler more than 3-4 times a day
• Does your child’s cough make him/her vomit
• Remember these common triggers: exercise, smoke, pollen, dust, air pollution, animal fur, colds, flu and other respiratory infections
What should the parent do? Make a doctor’s appointment and work with your child’s physician to complete a plan, which should include: individualized information about your child’s asthma symptoms, daily medications, rescue inhaler or nebulizer treatments, any physical activity limitations or need for inhaler before strenuous activities, and specific instructions about what to do and whom to call if an asthma attack does not improve with medication. A free Asthma Action Plan form is available online at www.lungusa.org, or call 1-800-LUNG-USA for a copy.
*Please bring all medications to the school healthroom. Remember, a doctor’s order must be labeled clearly on the inhaler/medication bottle, and the parent must sign the medication form before it can be given.