Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

January 8, 2014

Parents, use common sense

VALDOSTA — It’s unfortunate, but not all parents are conscientious when it comes to their child’s health and well being. If they were, no child would be left unsupervised this morning in the below freezing temperatures while waiting for a school bus, and no child will go back to school this week with a fever or flu symptoms.

While below freezing temperatures are normal to our north, here in south Georgia, they are rare. Exposure to extreme cold temperatures for someone not acclimated to them is dangerous and can exacerbate certain health conditions, such as asthma.

At 7 a.m. today, the temperature will be 25 degrees with a wind chill in the teens. If your child has to wait for a school bus or walk to school, parents need to ensure they are dressed warmly in layers of clothing and are exposed for a minimal amount of time outside.

If your child is sick, keep them home until they are well. If your child has a fever, they should not be out at all until they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours. If they have a runny nose, give them tissues to take to school and send extras. Make sure they know to wash their hands several times a day and to cover their mouths when coughing. Take them to the doctor or a clinic if symptoms worsen, and minimize their contact with others.

It’s simple — protect your child from the cold and nurse them back to health when they are sick.

Unfortunately, some things that should be common sense aren’t all that common anymore.

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