The 5 People Parents of Children with Allergies and Asthma Should Talk to for a Successful Year

The new school year is finally here! With the new school year comes an entirely new set of concerns for parents. You’ve already gotten their backpacks, school supplies, clothes and shoes they’ll grow out of or destroy before the year is even halfway through! If your child has asthma or allergies, there are a few very important steps that have to be taken to ensure their kids have a fun and safe start to the new school year.

Talk to Your Allergist

– Your child’s allergy or asthma symptoms and medication needs may have changed over the summer so it’s always a good idea to check in with your child’s allergist before sending your child off to school. They can make sure your child is armed with the knowledge and the medication they need to feel their best and be prepared for any medical emergencies.

Talk Honestly With Your Child

– There are so many things we want to protect our children from. Sometimes we worry that we’re bombarding them with information about what they can and cannot do because of their allergies or asthma. Though we may feel like we’re overwhelming them, it’s so important that they be aware of their triggers, how to avoid them, and what the plan is should they start to feel something unusual.

Talk to Teachers/School Nurse

– This is especially important if you have young children. Even if you’ve had a million conversations with them about their allergies/asthma, sometimes you just need an adult to keep an eye on them. Sharing your action plan with the teacher is important so they also know what to do.

Talk to Your Child’s Closest Friends

– If you have an older child, it may be helpful to have a quick chat with your teenagers’ closest friends so they can spot potential trouble and react appropriately. Most adults are unsure of how to handle an asthma attack in another person, panic can quickly set in at a time when quick action is critical. Let them know exactly what to do – should they call 911, alert a teacher, look for an inhaler or epi-pen first?

Having the people closest to your child prepared will also help you feel a little more at peace with having your young adult out in the world without you.

Talk to Your Child’s Coaches

– If you have a child who plays any sport, it’s also important that you share this information with coaches. They need to have a clear understanding of how important breaks are and how to spot an emergency. Also, have a conversation with your child about not being afraid to take breaks when they need to.

Control Allergen Exposure

– You may not be able to control the allergens your children are exposed to at school but you can control the air they are breathing at home. Testing your home for allergens helps you identify and target the allergens that your child is allergic to.  Controlling the allergens in the place they spend the most time, will help them feel their best each morning and get their day started on the right foot.  Click here to learn more about allergen testing.

Good luck, parents!