• Community Resources

    Health Resources: Allergies to Zzzzzzz’s


    “This program is not sponsored by Pittsburg Unified School District and opinions are not necessarily those of the district or personnel.  PUSD accepts no liability for this program or activity.”   

    *Compiled by Samuel Merritt University Nursing Interns 2013*



    The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network: Learn to recognize when someone is having a food reaction.It may look like this: vomiting, swollen face or lips, difficulty breathing,coughing, sneezing and watery eyes, skin that is bumpy, red and itchy. To learnhow to become a PAL to friends who have food allergies, go to:


    Asthma & Asthma Action Plan

    Action plan for schools when anurse is not available. Here is a resource page from the National AsthmaEducation and Prevention Program. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-pro/resources/lung/naci/discover/action-plans.htm

    If you have skills to assess andhandle an emergency asthma situation, here is a suggested nursing emergencyprotocol to help children who don’t have a personal asthma action plan. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/files/docs/public/lung/asthma_actplan.pdf


    ·        Bereavement,Loss of a Loved one and Grief

    Bereavement Resources 

    o  http://www.hospiceeastbay.org/bereavement-services-program/58-childrens-services/

    o  Or call: 925-887-5678


    ·        Burns: First Aid. A concise and simple guide by the Mayo clinic on how to recognizeand treat 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree burns.

    o  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/first-aid-burns/FA00022


    ·        Bullying: a great resource teaching to recognize and address this problem is availablefrom Stopbullying.gov

    o  http://stopbullying.gov/index.html



    ·        Crisis Center-

    o  211 is the national, toll-free, bilingual, three-digitphone number to call 24 hours per day for information about local health andsocial services. It enables people to find out about valuable resources in theircommunity quickly and easily. Please see the website or simply call 211:

    o  http://www.crisis-center.org/programs/211-info-referral/

    ·        Child CPR

    o  Sometimes CPR can help a person stay alive, ifthe person is in trouble, has stopped breathing, and the heart may have stoppedbeating. The person giving the CPR is called the rescuer:follow 3 main steps, which are known as C-A-B:

        • C: do chest compressions
        • A: check the airway
        • B: do rescue breathing




    Your childmay need help right away if he or she:

    o  Is unable to breathe

    o   Is gasping or wheezing

    o   Is unable to talk, cry, or make noise

    o   Turns blue

    o   Grabs at his or her throat or waves arms

    o   Appears panicked

    o  Becomeslimp or unconscious


    For a detailed fact sheet please visit: http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/sheets/choking_sheet.html


    ·        AbdominalThrusts (Child Heimlich maneuver)


    ·        For more information on chocking andhow to stop choking from happening please visit:


    ·        To watch a video on abdominal thrustsand what to do if a child is choking:



    ·        Cold-

    o  Seasonalallergies and the common cold can be so much alike that it's sometimes hard totell the two apart. But look closely and you can find clues as to what's goingon. For signs and symptoms see:

    o  http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/allergies/coldvsallergy.html#cat132




    ·        Diabetes–

    o  Diabetesis a disease that affects how the body uses glucose (say: GLOO-kose), a sugar that is thebody's main source of fuel. Like a cell phone that needs a battery, your bodyneeds glucose to keep running. To learn about how to manage diabetes andwhat is happening in the body see:

    o  http://kidshealth.org/kid/diabetes_basics/what/prevention.html#cat20491


    ·        Diseases and Conditions –

    o  Looking forinformation about a chronic childhood condition or disease? Read about asthma,allergies, cancer, diabetes, heart murmurs, sleep disorders, and much more.

    o  http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/#cat132

    ·        Dental

    o  It'simportant to visit your dentist every 6 months to make sure you're taking goodcare of your teeth, and that your teeth and gums are healthy.



    ·        Emergencies

    o  Evenhealthy kids get hurt or sick sometimes. In some cases, you will know that youneed to head straight to the emergency room (ER) at the nearest hospital. Inother cases, it's harder to determine whether an injury or illness needs theattention of a medical professional or can be treated at home.

    o  Formore information please see: http://kidshealth.org/parent/general/aches/emergencies.html?tracking=83967_A#cat20491



    ·        Fathers

    o  See “P” for Proud Fathers


    ·        FoodBanks

    o  TheFood Bank of Contra Costa and Solano works to end hunger and increase access tonutritious food for low-income individuals and families through a comprehensivegroup of programs that combat hunger and its causes

    o  Seemore at: http://www.foodbankccs.org/



    G –

    ·        Growth and Development

    o  Physicalgrowth refers to the increases in height and weight and other body changes thatoccur as a child matures. Hair grows; teeth come in, come out, and come inagain; and eventually puberty hits.It's all part of the growth process.

    o  Forlots of details about each stage of growth, please see: http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/growing/childs_growth.html#cat20491




    ·        Hand and Body Hygiene

    o  Good hand washing prevents germs from spreadingand from illness’s being spread.

    o  Make sure to wash your hands before eating,after using the bathroom, and after touching pets. Wash your hands with soapand water for at least 15 seconds. Rinse and dry off completely.

    For more information please visit:



    Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWISRb2RMbs


    ·        Head Injuries

    o  Headinjuries fall into two categories: external injures and internal injuries. 1. External - (usually scalp) injuries and 2. Internal - head injuries which may involve the skull, theblood vessels within the skull, or the brain.

    o  Fortunately,most childhood falls or blows to the head result in injury to the scalp only,which is usually more frightening than threatening. An internal head injurycould have more serious implications because it may result in bleeding orbruising of the brain.

    o  For a fact sheet and more information pleasesee: http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/emergencies/head_injury.html#cat113

    ·        Healthcare

    o  HealthyFamilies - Affordable healthcare for children. The Healthy Familiesprogram is a low cost insurance for children and teens. It provides dental,health and vision coverage to children who do not have insurance and do notqualify for Medi-Cal.

    For moreInformation please see: http://www.healthyfamilies.org/







    ·        ImmunizationSchedules

    o  Vaccinesboost kids' immune systems and are the best way to protect them from seriousinfections and diseases, including pneumonia, meningitis, polio, measles,chicken pox, and whooping cough. Side effects are mild and can include swellingwhere the shot was given, a low fever, or fussiness.

    o  For Vaccination schedules:  http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/child-adolescent.html

    o  Seemore at:

    o  http://www.ccfc.ca.gov/parents/health-center/checkups/?a=vaccinations&t=1366235532928#/?a=vaccinations&gclid=CPeTtYGvmboCFXRp7Aodwx8Atw


    ·        Immunizations services at ContraCosta Health Services

    o  Noappointment is necessary at any of the Public Health Immunization Clinic sites.Clients are seen on a first come first served basis. Please come early, as westop accepting clients when the clinic is full. Our busiest time of year isAugust through September. During pregnancy, only flu and Tdap (pertussis)vaccines are given at these clinic sites.

    o  Please see: http://cchealth.org/immunization/

    o  Foradditional clinic times and locations, which vary weekly, call 1-800-246-2494






    ·        Junk Food

    o  Balanceis the most important thing when developing healthy eating habits. Teach your daughterto eat healthy foods the majority of the time and to save fattening junk foodsfor occasional treats.

    o  Forgreat and healthy recipes, please visit: http://kidshealth.org/kid/recipes/#cat20491






    ·        Lice

    o  Liceare very, very small insects. They are so tiny that you can barely see them!Head lice need to be next to skin to survive — and the warmth of your skin is aperfect place for them to live. Lice eat tiny amounts of blood and can surviveup to 30 days on a person's head. For more facts about how to detect, treat andprevent a lice infection, see:

    o  http://www.headlice.org/faq/questions.htm


    ·        La Clinica- Can help provide information on freehealth care services and help apply for Medi-Cal. Services available includepediatrics, family medicine, dental, women’s health, WIC, behavioural healthand much more.  For more informationplease see:

    o   http://www.laclinica.org




    ·        Managingweight-

    o  A person’s healthy weight is measures by BMI orBody mass index, which is determined by using a person’s height and weight.Being overweight is a medical problem that can lead to serious health problems,like high blood pressure and diabetes. For some more detailed information onweight management please see:

    o  http://kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/obesity/obesity_overweight.html?tracking=88821_A


    ·        Medi-Calfor Children- Downloadable forms available in many languages at:

    o  http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/medi-cal/pages/medicalapplications.aspx


    ·        Medi-Cal general information for familiesand health care coverage. For more information please visit:

    o  http://www.medi-cal.ca.gov

    o  http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/Medi-cal/pages/default.aspx






    As a parent, you'rethe one buying groceries, preparing meals, and handing out snacks. A child alsolearns from watching his parents. If you eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and wholegrains, it's more likely your child will too!

    Please see thevery educational information on First Five California: http://www.ccfc.ca.gov/parents/health-center/nutrition/?a=makinghealthychoices&t=1342560878987#/?a=makinghealthychoices&gclid=COTAmcDnvLoCFex7QgodHRUAcg



    ·        Optical:

    o  WebMD describes some common child eye problems, thescreening process usedto diagnose them, and how they're treated. For more informationplease see:

    o  www.webmd.com/eye-health/features/child-eye-and-vision-problems


    o  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) outlines when children should havetheir eyes checked by a pediatrician. For more information please see:

    o  www.healthychildren.org/English/healtissues/eyes/pages./Vision-Screenings.aspx


    o  American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology andStrabismus gives information on whatvision screening is, how it is done, and what sort of problems can be uncoveredearly in children. For more information please see:

    o  http://www.aapos.org/terms/conditions/107



    ·        Poisoning-

    Poisoning is one of the most common childhood injuries. Most of the timepoisoning happens right at home. Children who are between the ages of eightmonths and six years old are the most likely to be poisoned. If you think a childin your care has been poisoned, don’t panic!  Most poisonings can be takencare of at home with the help of the poison center experts. 

    o   Call 1-800-222-1222 right away à Do not wait for the child to look or feel sick.


    ·        Proud Fathers- Resources for fathers25years and younger. Parenting communication, anger management, developingchild self-esteem, child support/custody and financial planning and employmentissues. More information available at:

    o  www.STANDffov.org

    o  Or call crisis line:1-888-215-5555


    ·        Q & A. Commonly asked questions and answersabout general health, growing up, medical conditions and much, much more. Foryour questions please visit:

    o  http://kidshealth.org/parent/question/



    ·        Recipes -

    o  For fresh ideas a for the whole family and recipesfor a special diet including diabetes, lactose intolerance, cystic fibrosis,celiac disease see:

    o  http://kidshealth.org/parent/recipes/#cat20238


    ·        Ringworm -

    o  Ringworm is caused by a fungus and is easilypassed from person to person. To prevent ringworm, keep skin clean and dry,don’t share clothing and avoid animals with patches of missing hair (they mayhave ringworm). For more information on ringworm symptoms, treatment andprevention please see:

    o  http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/ringworm-of-the-skin-prevention





    ·        Scabies-

    o  Scabies is caused by a small mite and is veryeasily passed through skin-to-skin contact. It causes small red bumps and isvery, very itchy.  If you think you havescabies please see a doctor right away because you can pass it to others inyour household. For more information on scabies, please see:

    o  http://www.medicinenet.com/scabies/article.htm


    ·        Seizures-

    o  A seizure is a common term that describes asudden change in the way the brain is functioning. Seizures usually include wildmuscle movements or passing out. Seizures can be caused in many ways; aninfection, a fever, a head injury, accidental poisoning, low blood sugar, anddrug overdose. To learn more about seizures and what to do if someone you knowhas a seizure please see:

    o  http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/emergencies/seizure.html


    ·        Stroke- 

    o  Strokes are sometimes called brain attacks, thishappens when enough blood or oxygen does not get to the brain. Most strokes happen in adults but kids canhave strokes too. Although they're less common in kids, strokes occur inchildren of all ages. For some great parent and kids information on strokes,please see:

    o  http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/brain/strokes.html



    ·        TobaccoCessation (Quitting smoking)

    o  If you're like many smokers and other tobacco users, you knowyou should quit — you just aren't sure how to do it. Creating a quit-smokingplan may improve your chances of stopping for good. Having a quit-smoking planhelps you cope with the physical and emotional issues that often arise when youstop smoking.

    o  For some great plans and ideas on how to quit, please visit: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/smoking-cessation/SK00055



    ·        Urinary system and kidney infections are verycommon in young girls. Early signs and symptoms of a urinary tract infectioninclude: feeling the need to pee often, burning while peeing, pain whilepeeing, temperature, cloudy, bad smelling pee. Medical attention is needed.

    o  http://kidshealth.org/parent/dictionary/u/az-uti.html




    ·        Vaccines-

    o  Immunization(vaccination) is a way of creating immunity to certain diseases by using smallamounts of a killed or weakened microorganism that causes the particulardisease.

    o  Vaccines are available at some local grocerystores, drug stores (CVS, Rite Aid,) and Wal-Marts. A schedule of when tovaccinate your child is listed below on the CDC.gov website. Please see more about vaccine schedulesand vaccination concerns at:

    o  http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/easy-to-read/index.html

    ·        Viralinfections

    o  Different germs suchas bacteria or viruses can cause infections. Viral infections can cause manydifferent symptoms, like fever, congestion,sore throat, cough, ear pain, vomiting, diarrhea, orrash. Antibiotics won't help a viral infection get better or keep it from beingcontagious, and can sometimes cause unnecessary side effects.

    o  Formore information on Viral Infections, please see:

    o  http://kidshealth.org/parent/dictionary/v/az-viral.html#cat20491

    ·        Violence

    o  It's important forkids to feel like they can share their feelings, sometimes the can be afraidand react differently than adults. Rather than waiting for your child to cometo you, think about starting the conversation. Ask kids what they understandabout violence and violent incidents and how they feel about them.   

    o  For helpful tips onhow to explain and speak with your child about violence, please see: http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/talk/school_violence.html#cat20491


    ** If you or someoneyou know is apart of domestic violence or being abused please get help contactthe local police department 925-252-4980 **




    ·        Women's Health

    o   Low-cost or no-cost pap smears,breast exams, birth control and STD/HIV Testing are available to all women who qualify at our healthcenters in Bay Point, Brentwood, Concord, North Richmond and Pittsburg.

    o   Contact Us: 925-313-6250

    Public Health ClinicServices
    597 Center Avenue, Suite 150
    Martinez, CA

    ·        WIC- Women, Infants and childrenis a service that provides helps with food and health care for you and youryoung child.

    o   http://cchealth.org/wic/

    o  Local WIC- 2311 Loveridge Rd, Pittsburg, CA 94565

    (925) 431-2460








    ·        Children’s sleep basics from Sleepforkids. Org



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