6 Tips for Handling Allergies in School
The end of summer doesn't have to be the beginning of a stuffy school year for children with allergies. You can help control your kid's symptoms in the classroom -- and you should.
In a national survey of more than 1,000 families, parents of children with nasal allergies were twice as likely to say their kids' daily activities were hurt by their health. Ease your child's symptoms and you may boost her academic and social life as well.
To do this, you’ll need some help. These six tips are a good place to start.
1. Meet With School Staff
Introduce yourself to your kid's teachers, coaches, and the school nurse. Let them know about your child's allergies and how to handle them.
2. Create an 'Allergy Card'
Pollens from trees and grass may trigger your child's allergies. Common indoor culprits like mold and animal dander could also set them off.
Make a reference card about your child's triggers and reactions. Give it to the school nurse and anyone else who may need it. Be sure to include:
- Your child's typical allergy symptoms and what triggers them
- The names and doses of medications he takes
- Any allergies he has to medication
- Your work, home, and mobile telephone numbers
- A backup emergency-contact person
Update the card every year or when medications or symptoms change.
3. Set Up 'Symptom Alerts'
If your child's allergies get worse, or if his medication needs to be adjusted by the doctor, the signs may show up in the classroom. Ask his teachers to let you know if he:
- Can't focus or is easily distracted
- Is coughing, which may mean that his symptoms are getting worse
- Has red eyes, a commonly overlooked symptom of allergies