Healthy Children



    Heather Sheffrin
    Phone: (908) 231-6810 or (908) 231-8500, ext. 8614  
    Fax: (908) 231-1881

    Health Office Reminders

    • Please keep me updated on: Changes in emergency contacts/phone numbers and health information.


    During this cold season, I wanted to give you some literature on how we can all stay healthy.

    WHAT IS IT? Conjunctivitis (pink eye) is an infection or irritation of the eye. It can be caused by a variety of bacteria and viruses, often accompanying a respiratory illness (e.g., cold or ear infection). It can also be caused by chemicals (e.g., smoke, make-up), allergies (e.g., pollen), and other irritants (e.g., dust).

    SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS Conjunctivitis causes redness of the whites of the eyes, and crusty eyelashes when the child wakes up. Children might complain of a gritty or itchy feeling in the eyes and sensitivity to light. Conjunctivitis can begin in one eye, but can end up involving both eyes. The symptoms typically last for 3–5 days.

    HOW IS IT SPREAD? Infectious conjunctivitis (i.e., caused by bacteria or virus is spread by contact with secretions from the eye, nasal mucus, and saliva. It can spread through droplets coughed or sneezed into the air, and secretions on hands, tissues, linens, and make-up.

    WHEN IS IT CONTAGIOUS? Bacterial and viral infections are highly communicable during the period of the discharge.

    HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED AND TREATED? Children with conjunctivitis should be seen by their health care provider. The health care provider might prescribe antibiotic eye drops or ointment to treat infectious conjunctivitis.

    SHOULD THE CHILD STAY AT HOME? Children with Bacterial Conjunctivitis must be on antibiotics for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school with a doctor’s note. Children with viral or other types of conjunctivitis may return to school with a note from a doctor.


    • Encourage children not to rub their eyes. Have children wash their hands after touching their eyes and nose.
    • Use disposable tissues and paper towels. Do not share handkerchiefs, washcloths, hand towels, or bed linen.
    • Wash your hands well after touching the child’s eye, applying eye medication, and blowing noses.

    For more information, contact your health care provider, your School Nurse, or visit https://kidshealth.org/en/kids/conjunctivitis.html