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Clay and Infections

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Patricia Munce (pdmun)
Sat, 4 Jan 1997 22:45:05 -0800

To teachers using clay in the classroom.

You will have students who have cuts on their hands. Unless they wear
rubber gloves,
they will have some problems using clay when the wound is fresh. I
personnally don't
like the type of infected cuts I see from having your hands in clay. They
get irritated
and raw looking and this seems a poor practice so I am extra careful. I
just make sure
they do something else constructive until their hands are healed up.

You may want to have a cream on hand for the students who are allergic to
your clay.
I use a water repellent "liquid glove" that protects hands from irritation
for the students
who have reactions to the clay. Its called Kerodex or something close to
that. I get it
at the drug store. Its about $6.00 a tube. I figure that any open wound is
not a good
thing in glazes and clays in the 1990's. All you need is one parent to
complain and your
program and you can be in trouble.

I do not let any pregnant students work with any glazes at all. The
student will have to
have a friend do the actual dipping or painting. Some come back after the
baby is born, and if they are nursing, I still won't let them use the
stuff. It may be over cautious, but in 10
or 20 years from now when they find that there is something in those glazes
that can
hurt a fetus, they will remember I did not allow them to touch the stuff.

Have you noticed how many children born now have birth defects or problems?
I see it all too often with these children having children. It is a small
precaution for
the health of a child, I think. What did Nancy Reagan use? Just say "No".
It is a poor contraceptive unfortunately.

Pat Munce
Madera High School
Fresno, CA

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