Are Your Child’s Allergies Ready to go Back to School?

It’s time to go back to school! There are school supplies to buy, wellness checks to schedule, and first-day outfits to plan. However, if your kid suffers from seasonal or food-related allergies, you may have a larger “to-do” item on your list. Children with allergies may face a new set of obstacles as they return to the classroom. Prepare your kids for school by accounting for their allergies and making sure they can safely tackle the school environment.

Back to School with Allergies

To take the best care of your child’s allergies during the school year, you need to understand the allergy type, severity, and conditions that cause it to flare up. After that, you can focus on helping your child manage his or her allergy.

Understand Your Child’s Allergies

First, understand your child’s allergy. You can have them take a simple allergy test without a doctor’s orders. If the test reveals that your child has one or more allergies, you should visit a pediatrician to discuss your child’s condition. Figure out all the possible causes of the symptoms. Additionally, ask about quick remedies and first aid to relieve those symptoms. It’s important that you narrow down substances or triggers that your child should avoid.

Develop an Allergy Care Plan

Make sure you, your student’s teachers, and the school nurse are all on board with an allergy care plan. Teachers and staff will need to be included in the plan if the allergy is triggered by elements within the school. Your child may need to bring a packed lunch if they have food allergies.

Help Your Child Learn to Deal

Your child should be made aware of his or her condition. It is equally important that they understand how to notice symptoms and take care of those symptoms if they occur. Help your child take responsibility for their allergy. If they have a food allergy, remind them that they should not take food that has not been checked.

 

Recruit Help

It takes a village to raise a child. Notifying friends and family members about your child’s allergies will ensure that your child will be looked after in the event of a flare-up. Communicate with your child’s teachers and staff on a regular basis to see if your child has shown symptoms of his or her allergy and modify your allergy plan as needed.

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