It’s that time of year again! The time that kids dread and parents can’t wait for: back to school. These first few weeks are stressful enough as it is, but for those with children that have asthma or a food allergy it can be a down-right nightmare!
Here is a brief overview of an article about dealing with food allergies in the Fall 2011 edition of Allergic Living magazine called “What Teacher Must Know” by Maria Acebal. Note: this is just an outline- be sure to check out the full article for more in-depth information!
5 Things to Tell School Staff About Food Allergies:
1. Food allergies are a growing health concern in schools across the country.
2. Allergic reactions can be fatal
3. Strict avoidance of the food is the only way to prevent an anaphylactic reaction.
4. Early recognition of symptoms and prompt intervention saves lives.
5. Epinephrine is the recommended treatment for anaphylaxis. Than call 911.
Did you know that this time of year sees a 46% increase in asthma-related emergency department visits by grade school children? For those dealing with asthma, a new classroom can harbor many harmful triggers to be mindful of- from that cute class hamster to the cold and flu viruses that your new classmates may have to the dust mites in the carpet. Being properly informed and trained by an allergist and using helpful tools like this Asthma Action Plan can cut down on the 14 million school day absences due to allergy and asthma in children.
Here are some additional helpful online tools:
For more information, to take a self-relief test, or to find an allergist visit http://www.AllergyAnd AsthmaRelief.org.
For a Back-to-School Kit with free tools concerning food allergies visit http://www.foodallergy.org/section/back-to-school-tool-kit.