Back-to-School Tips for Students with Asthma and Allergies

Back-to-School Tips for Students with Asthma and Allergies

Students with Asthma

With the return of fall comes the return to school. Whether it’s going back to school or even going for the first time, this season can be filled with both excitement and anxiety. And if your school-bound student has asthma or allergies, this can complicate the process. The Allergy and Asthma Network has reported that September and October are especially hard for those suffering from asthma or allergies. Known as the “September asthma peak,” this time of year sees a spike in hospitalization and visits to the ER for issues related to asthma and allergies. Since we cannot control the environment at school, taking the extra steps to prepare can make all the difference between struggling and thriving. Be sure to check out our back-to-school tips for students with asthma or allergies.

Four Back-to-School Tips for Students with Asthma and Allergies

• At school, the potential for issues can be tough to deal with, so make sure to visit and tour the school and talk to the faculty to help identify any potential threats of exposure that can be prepared for if issues arise. With proper planning, threats from dust, mold, insect stings, food-based allergens, and environmental exposure to other harmful airborne allergens can be mitigated.

• Make sure that your child has had a proper diagnosis and has the right medication for their condition. Take the medication along with the Doctor’s recommendations with you when you visit the school and talk to them about the plan of action in case of an emergency. The school should know about any medication schedules so that your child does not miss a dose to avoid any increase in symptoms.

•Check the local allergen reports daily if your child is sensitive to pollens, like ragweed or airborne irritants like mold. Knowing this information can help to adjust medications and other treatment plans accordingly.

•Make sure to have an EpiPen or medication available for those suffering from food-based or insect-based allergies. Talk to the staff at the school about your child’s needs and makes sure the school has a plan for dealing with anaphylactic shock, and there is someone there trained in EpiPen safety.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that the school year will be a happy and safe one all year long.

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