Warm weather is here and with it comes:

Seasonal Allergies:
Now that the trees are beginning to bud and flowers beginning to bloom there is more pollen in the air. Seasonal allergies can be bothersome and make it hard to enjoy the outdoors sometimes.  If your child has seasonal allergies, check with the pediatrician regarding various treatment options. While over-the-counter medications and nasal sprays can help, there are other things that you can do to minimize allergy symptoms.
-       Monitor local weather for pollen count and ozone factors.
-       Wash hand after working or playing outside.
-       Avoid touching ears, nose, eyes, and mouth while outdoors.
-       Leave shoes and socks outside before coming indoors.
-       Shower as soon as you come in from outside play or work.
-       Vacuum and dust regularly during pollen season.
-       Change bedding at least weekly during this time.
-       Use a saline nasal spray to rinse out pollen form the nose and salt water rinse for the throat.

Sun Burns:
Scientists warn that the ozone layer is being depleted. It is more important that ever to prevent sunburn if possible. Apply sunscreen prior to going outside and reapply as needed. If children are opposed to wearing sunscreen make sure long sleeve shirts and pants, sunglasses, hats, or the use of a sun umbrella is available to protect them.  While aloe and other products can reduce the pain of a sunburn, the long-term damage to skin cells and risk of skin cancer increases.

Sports Physicals:
Sports physicals will take place at Traip Academy on Tuesday August 18th from 8am to 11am. Kittery family Practice health providers will be providing the physicals for $5.00 each.
Sports physicals for Shapleigh will take place on September 15th from 8am to 12pm for the same fee.
The form may be printed by clicking on the ‘student physical form’ located on the right.


Although most people associate lice with school, the science community has learned that it is rarely transmitted in school, but rather through sleepovers with friends or relatives, playmates with head to head contact, camps and shared helmets.