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Volume 2, Issue 9

September 2013

A FOCUS ON BACKPACK SAFETY TIPS By: Concentra Urgent Care

WEAR BOTH STRAPS

The use of one strap causes one side of the body to bear the weight of the backpack. By using two shoulder straps, the weight of the backpack is evenly distributed. WEAR OVER STRONGEST MIDBACK MUSCLES Pay close attention to the way the backpack is positioned on the back. It should rest evenly in the middle of the back. Shoulder straps should be adjusted to allow the child to put on and take off the backpack without difficulty and allow free movement of the arms. Straps should not be too loose, and the backpack should not extend below the low back. LIGHTEN THE LOAD Keep the load at 10%-15% or less of the child’s body weight. Carry only those items that are required for the day. Organize the contents of the backpack by placing the heaviest items closest to the back. Some students have two sets of books, so as not to have to carry the heavy books to and from school. PROPER BACKPACK USAGE While a backpack is still one of the best ways to tote homework, an overloaded or improperly worn backpack gets a failing grade, according to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Improper backpack use can cause injury, especially to children with young, growing muscles and joints. Injury can occur when a child, in trying to adapt to a heavy load, uses harmful postures such as arching the back, leaning forward or, if only one strap is used, leaning to one side. According to physical therapists, these postural adaptations can cause spinal compression and/or improper alignment, and may hamper the proper functioning of the disks between the vertebrae that provide a shock absorption. A too-heavy load also causes muscles and soft tissues of Copyright © 2013 Peel, Inc.

the back to work harder, leading to strain and fatigue. This leaves the back more vulnerable to injury. A heavy load may also cause stress or compression to the shoulders and arms. When nerves are compressed, the child may experience tingling or numbness in the arms. WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A BACKPACK Physical therapists recommend the following features when selecting a backpack: • A padded back to reduce pressure on the back and prevent the pack’s contents from digging into the child’s back • A waist belt to help distribute some of the load to the pelvis • Compression straps on the sides or bottom of the backpack that, when tightened, compress the contents of the backpack and stabilize the articles • Reflective material so that the child is visible to drivers at night THE RESULTS Worn correctly and not overloaded, a backpack is supported by some of the strongest muscles in the body: the back and abdominal muscles. These muscle groups work together to stabilize the trunk and hold the body in proper postural alignment. HOW A PHYSICAL THERAPIST CAN HELP A physical therapist can help you choose a proper backpack and fit it specifically to your child. Children come in all shapes and sizes, and some have physical limitations that require special adaptations. Additionally, a physical therapist can help improve posture problems, correct muscle imbalances, and treat pain that can result from improper backpack use. Physical therapists can also design individualized fitness programs to help children get strong and stay strong – and carry their own loads. For more information on backpack safety, visit the American Physical Therapy Association at www.apta. org. West Lake Hills Echo - September 2013

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Water District 10.................................................512-327-2230 Wastewater Crossroads Utility Service 24 Hour Number.....512-246-1400 New Accounts..................................................512-402-1990 Austin Energy ......................................................512-322-9100 Texas Gas Service Custom Service..............................................1-800-700-2443 Emergencies......................................................512-370-8609 Call Before You Dig..........................................512-472-2822 AT&T New Service...................................................1-800-464-7928 Repair............................................................1-800-246-8464 Billing............................................................1-800-858-7928 Time Warner Cable Customer Service..............................................512-485-5555 Repairs.............................................................512-485-5080 Austin/Travis County Hazardous Waste...............512-974-4343

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National Night Out OCTOBER 1, 2013 Submitted by Zainab Banks, Travis County Sheriff’s Office

National Night Out is a great opportunity for citizens and law enforcement to partner up against crime. We invite you to attend the event, meet your neighbors and commit to helping law enforcement reduce crime in your community. NATIONAL NIGHT OUT IS DESIGNED TO: • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness • Generate support and participation in crime efforts • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community relations • Let criminals know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back During the event, residents in neighborhoods throughout Travis County and across the Texas are asked to turn on their porch lights, lock their doors and spend the evening outside with their neighbors, police officers, firefighters and EMS paramedics. Events such as cookouts, block parties and neighborhood walks will all occur simultaneously throughout the state. Please visit our website at https://www.tcsheriff.org/community/events/199-nationalnight-out-2013 for more information and party registration forms. Or you can scan the QR Code.

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Be Lice-Free for Back-to-School

By Stacey Pomerantz Back-to-school means lots of new things: new clothes, new backpacks and sleepovers, play dates and school. new supplies. It’s a time to navigate a new class schedule and meet new teachers. 3. This is a biggie: teach your kids to avoid direct head-to-head contact Yet, it needn’t be a time to worry about head lice. We often hear about lice when playing with friends. Show your little ones a photo of children using during back-to-school season because kids return to a tighter environment the iPad or reading books in very close proximity. Help them learn how to after a summer of being outdoors. Lice are transmitted via direct head-to-head play with other kids elbow-to-elbow, not head-to-head! contact 95% of the time. The ideal scenario for lice transmission is when kids 4. If school reports a lice outbreak – though they are not required to – or talk, hug or sit with heads touching. Keep in mind that lice don’t jump or fly. you suspect your child has lice, do not panic! Instead,make sure you have a They also die relatively quickly (24-36 hours) if they’re not directly on your good quality nit comb (normal combs do not trap lice or nits). Most parents scalp. Lice are easier to avoid and get rid of than you might imagine. Since say that it is hard to see evidence of lice. Use the comb as your eyes via daily lice do not carry or spread disease, there is no formal exclusion policy in Texas comb-outs. Catching lice early can often prevent a household contraction. schools. Head lice doesn’t mean a child is dirty or should be shunned. Mostly, If you're not sure how to do a proper comb-out, look online where many lice are inconvenient due to the time necessary to eliminate them. Here are 'how to' videos exist. some easy tips to stay lice-free this school year: 5. Finally remember the rule of “once a week, take a peek.” While your 1. Each child should have his/her own set of brushes and combs. Store kids are de-compressing after a long day of learning, run your nit comb them in separate drawers or baskets at home. Label them accordingly and through their hair at the base of their necks and behind their ears. Nits can make sure each child knows whose is whose and keep your own separate. be many colors from a cream color to amber. They glisten in dry hair and 2. Use lice deterrent spray every day. There are a few varieties of are the shape of a sesame seed that clings to one side of the hair shaft, often combination detangler/lice repellent sprays on the market. These sprays close to the scalp. contain scents that lice find offensive, such as mint or tea tree oil. When If you think you see lice and want to outsource removal, there are several used daily, these scents repel a louse and cause it to nest elsewhere (in another options who will come to your home for treatment. At the end of the (school) scalp). It can be most effective when applied every day, including before day, you’ll be happy to have these tips in your back pocket.

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Managing Food Allergies Food packages often come with the caution, "Warning: may contain peanuts," and for good reason. It's estimated that more than 1 million Americans suffer from peanut allergies and their reaction if exposed can be life-threatening. Other common food allergies are to cow's milk, tree nuts, fish and shell fish, egg and even some fruits and veggies, said Dr. Celine Hanson, professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and chief of the allergy/immunology clinic at Texas Children's Hospital. Symptoms of food allergies can range from mild to severe and can affect various parts of the

body, including the digestive system, the respiratory system and the skin. Hanson offers several ways that patients can manage their food allergies. The best tactic is to avoid foods that cause allergies altogether, Hanson said. But in addition, medications such as antihistamines and corticosteroids are available to help manage symptoms. Patients who suffer severe reactions should keep a device such as an EpiPenR on hand so that they can administer an epinephrine shot. Allergy sufferers should wear a medical bracelet or necklace with information about their allergy, and schools, caregivers and even the parents of children's friends should be notified of food allergies.

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