Healthy kids are full of vim and vigor. When they don't feel well, there are telltale physical signs. Do you know what they are?
- Eyes: A child should have clear and bright eyes. If their eyes are unfocused or dazed, it indicates a deficiency.
- Skin: If a child’s skin is pallid and swallow, or too fair, it indicates poor gastrointestinal function, possibly dyspepsia or anemia.
- Hair: If a child’s hair is dry and dull, coarse and wiry, it indicates a possible blood deficiency or imbalanced diet.
- Ears: A child’s ears should be round and full; hard ears may indicate deficiency in kidney function (called kidney-qi in traditional Chinese medicine).
- Finger pulps: Just like adults, if finger pulps are too thin or flat, it indicates an inefficiency of vital energy, called cold-wetness in TCM. A healthy child should have moderately fat and flexible pulps.
- Bluish tendons: If blue veins are visible in the back of the nose, this indicates dyspepsia and an inefficiency of vital energy and blood.
- Sleep: healthy children can fall asleep fast and sleep tight with slow and soft breaths; if a child has trouble sleeping, restless sleep, tosses and turns, or snores loudly during sleep, they may suffer from inefficiency of vital energy.
- Exercise: exercise can work up a healthy kid's appetite; however, kids who are reluctant to eat after exercise may have inefficiency of vital energy and blood.
- Hands: healthy children always have warm hands; cold hands all day may indicate inefficiency of vital energy.
Our school nurses care for students through daily morning and afternoon checks during which they carefully observe students’ faces and throats and whether they are high or low spirited; they also check skin and hands for rashes and help students wash their hands. Your campus nurse will report any anomalies to you immediately and if necessary, and after consultation, students may be taken to hospital accompanied by our staff for further treatment.