Send the kids back to school with their allergies in control

Sending your kids back to school involves quite a bit of planning. You have school supplies to organize, doctor’s checkups to schedule and school clothes to purchase. If your children suffer from seasonal or food-related allergies, you also have another “to-do” item on your list.

Your children with allergies face different challenges as they leave summer behind and head back into the classroom. Help your kids prepare for school with their allergies in mind, to make sure they have few problems in their new school environment.

To take the best care of your child’s allergies, you need to understand the type of allergy, the severity and the environmental conditions. Then, you can focus on helping your child manage his or her allergy.

Understand your child’s allergies

Your first step is to learn what allergies your child has. You can get a simple allergy test on your own without a doctor’s orders. If your child does have one or more allergies, you should visit a pediatrician and discuss the child’s conditions.

Get to know all possible causes of the symptoms. In addition, ask about quick remedies and first aid to relieve the symptoms. This helps you single out substances and areas that the child should avoid.

Develop an allergy care plan

Discuss the plan with school authority. Teachers and other school staff might need to be involved if the allergy can be irritated by certain elements in the school facility. It may be necessary for the child to bring packed lunches in cases of food allergies. Give clear instructions on how to handle emergencies and reduce exposure.

Help your child learn to deal with allergies

It is important that your child knows of his or her condition. Help your child understand how to notice the symptoms and explain what to do if the symptoms pop up. In cases of food allergies, train the child not to accept food that has not been checked.

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Recruit Help

It is good to have several close people in the know about your child’s condition. This may include the child’s friends and other parents. Incase of the onset of the symptoms, the child can be taken care of without your presence. Check with teachers and staff regularly to see if your child has displayed symptoms. Evaluate your plan and change accordingly.

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