Cramps while running

Have you ever experienced stomach pain when you are running especially after lunch?

When I was a child, I often had stomach cramps while running… That was not a fun. If your child has same problem, please help her out.

Three common cramps;
Side cramps
Stomach cramps
Muscle cramps

What you can do to avoid these cramps….
*Breathe slowly and deeply. ( Use the bottom of your lungs.)
*Avoid some food you think it may cause problems whenever you eat before exercise.
*Make sure to hydrate enough before exercise. ( and after exercise too.)

More information and detail is here..

Flu vaccine

Flu vaccine is available in Shanghai now. The flu vaccine is the most important step in protecting against the flu. Everyone 6months of age and older are recommended to receive a flu shot before the flu season starts.


Any clinic and hospital. Shanghai United Family Hospital and clinic,  Global Health  Care, World Path Clinic and Parkway Health clinics offers the imported flu vaccines. Please contact a clinic directly about vaccine information and appointments. Some clinic offers a walk-in clinic for the flu shots, and you don’t need to make an appointment.

If you have any questions about flu shots, please feel free to contact me.

Dental checkup for Pre-K and Kindergarten

We will have a dental talk and checkup for Pre-K and Kindergarten this week.

Shanghai United Family Hospital will send a dentist and a nurse for us!

It is best for us to be checked by a dentist once a year at least. So please use this opportunity to review your child’s oral health.

What parents can do for your child’s oral hygiene?

* You brush your child’s teeth after they finished brushing.

* You use dental floss every other day.

* Look your children’s teeth carefully and notice any changes of color in their gum and teeth.

* Arrange to visit the dentist once a year for checkup and cleaning.

Also please don’t forget to take care of your teeth. You should be a good role model for your children.

Grade 2 students; Medical examintaion

Returning students entering Grade 3 (current G2 students )are required to submit the medical examination form to the elementary school nurse by the first day of next school year.

1. Download the medical examination form from Power School ( Re-enrollment, Step 2.4- Medical examination )

2. Scan and e-mail the result to the school nurse by the first day of school, August 13. Please include your child’s name and ” Returning G3 ” in the title of your e-mail.

Prevention of H7N9

This is the updated information regarding H7N9 from CDC website.

What can travelers and Americans living in China do to protect themselves?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent H7N9. CDC is repeating its standard advice to travelers and Americans living in China to follow good hand hygiene and food safety practices and to avoid contact with animals.

*Do not touch birds, pigs, or other animals.
*Do not touch animals whether they are alive or dead.
*Avoid live bird or poultry markets.
*Avoid other markets or farms with animals (wet markets).
*Eat food that is fully cooked.
*Eat meat and poultry that is fully cooked (not pink) and served hot.
*Eat hard-cooked eggs (not runny).
*Don’t eat or drink dishes that include blood from any animal.
*Don’t eat food from street vendors.
*Practice hygiene and cleanliness:
Wash your hands often.
If soap and water aren’t available, clean your hands with hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you need to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
Try to avoid close contact, such as kissing, hugging, or sharing eating utensils or cups, with people who are sick.
*See a doctor if you become sick during or after travel to China.
*See a doctor right away if you become sick with fever, coughing, or shortness of breath.

If you get sick while you are still in China, visit the US Department of State website to find a list of local doctors and hospitals. Many foreign hospitals and clinics are accredited by the Joint Commission International. A list of accredited facilities is available at their website (
According to a message issued by the US Embassy in Beijing, patients with fever and other symptoms of flu will be sent to designated hospitals for evaluation.
Delay your travel home until after you have recovered or your doctor says it is okay to travel.
If you get sick with fever, coughing, or shortness of breath after you return to the United States, be sure to tell your doctor about your recent travel to China.

Stomach flu

I am sure you have been hearing “stomach flu”this year. Stomach flu has been going around from the beginning of this month in all grades and even middle school and high school.  I definitely see more students with vomit, nausea and stomach ache this winter.

Children are more likely to throw up than adults. If your child throw up, you might think s/he ate something bad, s/he are too much or s/he got motion sickness. Your guess may be right, but you should suspect your child might get a stomach flu during winter season. Stomach flu is very common disease in winter.

Stomach flu is viral infection. It causes nausea, stomachache, diarrhea or mild fever.  Noro virus is notorious!! They are very contagious.  They can survive on the surface for about a week.  It can not be killed with just soap. Virus can spread for several days after all symptoms are gone…. So it is easy to spread in the community.

You will be exposed with Noro virus,,,,

  • touching surfaces or objects contaminated with Norovirus, and then placing their hand in their mouth;
  • having direct contact with another person who is infected and showing symptoms (for example, when caring for someone with illness, or sharing foods or eating utensils with someone who is ill).
  • eating food or drinking liquids that are contaminated with Norovirus. (You should not handle food if you have symptoms of stomach flu)

Please encourage your child/ren to wash their hands frequently. They should wash their hands for 20 seconds using soap and running water.

It is very important for parents to keep sick children home during this season. If a child throw up in the classroom, all children will be exposed virus and some of them will have condition next day. Noro virus is really contagious. If your child gets stomach flu,  your family will get it from the person. If your child is not feeling well, please keep him/her home to observe.  Also please take an extra day off for your child to rest after vomit, diarrhea and stomachache. If your child can eat almost regular food without diarrhea, vomit or nausea and s/he has energy to engage in the class, then your child is ready to come back to school.


Prevent the spread of Noro virus

Mayo clinic

Noro virus

Depth perception test for Kindergarten students

Kindergarten students will have a screening for depth perception this month.  It is called a random dot stereo test.

Depth perception test is conducted to determine if your eyes are working together. When your brain is able to blend the separate images from each eye into one image, you can perceive three-dimensional space. If your eyes are not working together, the brain is unable to blend the separate images from each eye.  It might affect your learning at school and at home.  Children with visual perception problems will experience difficulty with reading words or symbols correctly or difficulty with some visual motor skills like catching a ball or doing a puzzle.

If your child did not pass the depth perception screening test, you will be informed and recommend for further visual examination.

If your child is not in kindergarten and you would like to arrange a depth perception for him/her, please contact me to make an appointment.

Home treatment for sick children

I found a very good article in WebMD.

This article tells you how to take care of your sick child at home.

Do you have to use cough medicine? Does your child eat something after diarrhea or vomit? You will find answers in this article.

“School Germs and Your Child’s Health”

Hand washing

No one wants to get sick. However almost everybody gets sick in winter. Needless to say, hand washing is the most important and effective way to prevent you and your family from getting sick. Please encourage hand washing at home.

Hand washing

1. STOP spreading germs!

Does your child wash her/his hands after they blow her/his nose, after coughing, after sneezing on his/her hands ? If you have a cold and you are blowing your nose, it will be hard to keep washing your hands every single time. However this is very important to stop spreading virus in your family or in school. It is a good idea for you to prepare a bottle of hand sanitizer at home. If anyone gets sick, hand sanitizer and tissues should be available at hand.

2. Don’t pick up germs!

Germs will be on the surface of desks, computer keyboards, pencils etc. If, for example, someone sneezes on their hand and they have been using a pen, now you might be using that pen! Even if it is not wet or you can not see anything on the pen, germs might be on it! It is very important to wash your hands after you’ve used something other people have used or touched. Students are recommended to wash their hands between classes.

So now you want to wash your hands!