4 Back-To-School Tips for Children with Allergies
As the new school year is underway and the fall season is here, allergies continue to run rampant. Seasonal allergy symptoms – like sneezing, headaches, runny noses, and itchy eyes – can affect a child’s performance at school. Fortunately, there are ways you can help your child control their fall allergies, no matter if they have nasal allergies or asthma. Here are some tips you can use to effectively manage symptoms for children with allergies.
Tip 1: Bring an “Allergy Card” to School
Create an allergy card that includes a list of your child’s allergy triggers, symptoms, and medications they take. Have your child give this card to his or her school nurse so they can have a quick reference for how to manage your child’s allergies.
The card should also have your phone number and email address as well as a backup emergency contact. You may also wish to list your child’s pediatrician’s contact information and insurance information.
Tip 2: Provide the Nurse with Appropriate Medications
Your child should have their allergy medications or other treatment options available to them during the school day. Whether they need an inhaler or a prescription auto-injection pen, make sure your nurse has these tools available to help children with allergies. Check with your school nurse to see what documentation is needed from your child’s pediatrician for their records.
Some devices, like an inhaler, can possibly be carried by the student throughout the day. Make sure your child understands and knows which medications he or she has to take in case of an allergy attack.
Tip 3: Monitor Environmental Triggers
Pollen is a common trigger for allergies. Before your child goes to school, monitor the pollen count. If the pollen count is high enough to cause an allergic reaction, ask your child to take appropriate measures, especially if they participate in outdoor sports or have recess. Encourage your child to wear a baseball cap and wash his or her face when they come back inside. Having an extra shirt to change into after being outside can also reduce exposure to pollen.
Tip 4: Talk to the Teacher
It may be helpful to have a quick conversation with your child’s new teacher(s) so they understand what to expect. Since allergy symptoms can escalate quickly, let them know which allergies your child has and what steps need to be taken to remedy the situation.
Get a Head Start on Back-to-School Allergy Season with RediClinic
RediClinic team members are here to help you understand which treatment options you or your child needs for their allergy symptoms this school year. Make a same- or next-day appointment online.