If you have a school-age child with seasonal allergies, you probably are already aware of how allergies can cause your child to miss school or complain about being miserable during the day.
As parents, we want our children to feel good and be productive at school. After all, they are there to learn and not get distracted by coughing and sneezing all day.
Here are 7 tips can help your child manage their symptoms and have a healthy, successful school year.
1. Ask the school to help
Keep track of the high-pollen days, ask the teachers to keep windows closed to prevent your child from exposure to allergens. Find out when they mow the school yard, even if during non school hours, so windows can be kept closed that day and day after.
2. Limit time outdoors when pollen is high
If your child has a pollen allergy, grasses, ragweed or other weeds will cause misery. Find out when pollen count is high and ask if your child can stay indoors or limit time outside during that time. Hopefully, staff will keep windows and doors closed to keep the allergens out. If allowed, have your child bring an air purifier to school for his classroom.
3. Pack a lunch
If your child has food allergies, pack their lunch instead and teach them not to share food with other students. Many schools acknowledge the high count of children these days that have food allergies and limit peanut and nut foods in the school.
4. Stay away from chalk
Did you know that chalk can effect children with allergies and asthma? Sitting these children away from the chalkboard can limit reactions.
5. Have a plan
If your child has severe allergic reactions, then you must come up with a plan. Make sure that teachers, school nurse, and even substitute teachers know what to do in case your child has a reaction.
6. Have child carry their inhaler
When an inhaler is used to save a life, timing is an important factor! All 50 states have laws allow children to carry asthma inhalers. Be sure to find out your school’s policies so your child can self-administer an inhaler when they feel it’s necessary and not have to wait on a school nurse or other staff.
7. Talk to your child
Teach your child how to take charge of their own health. Find out together what triggers their allergies and how to avoid them. Teach your children that it is okay to talk to an adult about their allergies and if they are experiencing an attack by coming in contact with something.
If Symptoms Persist, Consult a Doctor
Using these tips can help lessen the chances of your child having a reaction to an allergen. But, Dr. Summit Shah, an allergen specialist, suggests finding out what your child is allergic to can be an important step in finding the right treatment. Places like Premier Allergy, test patients for a variety of allergens that your child may be allergic to including chemicals, medications/drugs and food.