April 26, 2018

Allergy season is upon us!  It’s the time of year when we wake up with a tickle in our throats and walk outside to find our car is suddenly painted icky-green with pollen. Our respiratory systems tend to take the hardest hit this time of year, but our eyes may not like it so much either.  A little thing called conjunctivitis amps up its game around this time each year, a condition we know by the more common, succinctly descriptive name of pink eye. So how can you tell if your little one’s eyes are leaking and gooey because of histamines, or if it’s something a little more sinister?  Read on and find out everything you need to know about this itchy, irritating problem.

March 29, 2018

“Mom, my throat hurts.” How many times do we hear this in a year?  Especially right now, in this weird transition between winter and spring.  It’s the time of year when germs just seem to run amok, and then to pour lemon juice on a papercut, pollen comes swooping in! Coughs, sore throats, fevers and headaches, noses that run like a faucet in all the yuckiest colors of the rainbow – we see it all here at High Hopes, especially in the winter and spring.  But there’s one kind of sore throat that is unarguably the worst of them all: strep throat. So how can you tell the difference between strep throat, allergies, a cold, or even a stressed out set of vocal chords from a little too much “How Far I’ll Go” karaoke?  What can you do about it if it is strep throat?  Just how worried should y...

February 26, 2018

Contemplate these words for a moment: HEAD LICE. Bet your head is itching already.  You can almost feel them crawling through your hair just at the very mention of them. But be strong!  We’ll get through this post together, and it’s important that we get through this post.  Because the fact of the matter is, these bothersome little bugs are likely to affect us all at one point or another.  The more we know about them and the myths surrounding them, the more we can do to prevent their spread. So let’s go on an itchy journey together to learn about this little insect: the head louse!

January 25, 2018

Viruses happen. We are so aware of it here at High Hopes Inclusive Preschool. There are many wonderful benefits to bringing your child to an environment that they share with their peers all day, every day! But we know that one of the drawbacks is how easily contagious bugs can spread around. Hey, these kiddos are still building their immune systems, right? So we thought it might be a good idea to share some of the signs, symptoms, common misconceptions, and prevention tips for a few of the most common illnesses that can spread in schools. One of the grossest is hand-foot-and-mouth disease.

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