Relief for Allergies at School
Educate Your Child About His or Her Allergies
As much help as teachers, coaches and parents can offer, ultimately, your
child will be responsible for managing her allergies at school.
"It's important to educate your child early on, in a developmentally
appropriate fashion, about the allergies they have and get them to be active
participants in their own care," says Pistiner.
Teach your child to:
- Recognize their own allergy symptoms and report them immediately to an
adult in charge.
- Wash their hands frequently, particularly before and after they eat. This
can keep them from transferring allergens from their hands to their eyes, face,
and mouth, which can cause an allergic reaction. It is particularly important
with severe food allergies.
- Keep their hands out of their mouths.
- Understand that sharing isn't always good. They shouldn't share other
children's food, water bottles, or sippy cups -- it's easy to transfer
allergenic food particles that way. And putting on a friend's coat is a good
way to inhale some of his dog's dander.
- Steer clear of the chalkboard if he or she has dust allergies.
- Avoid reading or napping on carpeted surfaces; instead, sit at a desk or
use a personal nap mat.
Take a proactive stance by educating your child's teachers, as well as your
child. You'll help make the school day easier, limit the need for medication,
and prevent uncomfortable or dangerous allergic reactions.
"Getting relief from allergies at school is a combination of things --
you can't pop a pill and be done with it," says Lowe. "It involves a
lot of teamwork, and a combination of awareness, avoidance measures, and