Back to School Allergy Tips

Back to School Allergy Tips

Back to School Allergy Tips
Going back to school, or going to school for the first time, can be both exciting and stressful for both children and adults. However, if your child has allergies, this time of year can be extra stressful since you are unable to control the school’s environment. At school, children can face allergens inside and outside, and it can come from food, pollen, bee stings, or dust. Because you cannot physically be with your child during his or her time at school, it is important that you properly prepare so you can feel confident about sending your child off to class.

In order to take the additional steps to ensure that your child has a safe and healthy school year, check out these helpful back to school allergy tips.

• If your child is prescribed medication for their allergies, ensure that they take their medicine when prescribed and that they stay on schedule. Otherwise, missed doses can lead to an increase of symptoms.
• With all of the potential allergy and asthma triggers that can be found in schools, it is crucial that your child’s allergies have been diagnosed so you can determine which allergens to avoid.
• If your child suffers from food allergies, make sure your child always goes to school with a treatment option, such as their medication and/or an EpiPen.
• If your child is attending a new school, ask if you can tour the school at the beginning of the school year. This will allow you to identify any potential asthma and allergy triggers.
• Every day check the allergen counts if your child suffers from hay fever and is allergic to pollen and ragweed. Doing so will allow you to administer their medication accordingly according to the allergen levels of the day.
• If your child suffers from life-threatening reactions to insect stings or food, make sure you complete an anaphylaxis action plan and ensure that the school staff knows how to administer an EpiPen safely.
• Talk to your child’s teacher(s), and other school staff (such as sports coaches and the school nurse), about your child’s condition, needs, and their treatment plan just in case an emergency occurs.

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