Protect Against Allergies In Schools And Keep
Your Kids Safe
Allergies in schools have become a prevalent concern in recent years as more and
more children are being diagnosed with severe allergies every day. Because you
can’t be with your child round the clock, you need to make sure that their
school environment is safe so that you and they can rest easy knowing they won’t
be unknowingly exposed to any potential health hazards.
So what exactly can you do to help your allergy prone child? First and foremost,
you and your child must learn as much as you can about the allergy so that they
can avoid possible triggers on a daily basis. The more you understand about your
child’s allergy, the better equipped you’ll be to make the proper choices in
terms of diet and environment that are safe for them.
Allergies in schools are a real concern because many people who don’t have first
hand exposure to the effects of allergies don’t understand just how serious they
can be. In many cases, particularly with food allergies, even the smallest
exposure can trigger a deadly response. For this reason, you need to take a
proactive approach when it comes to your child’s school.
The first thing you can do is meet with the principal, teachers and school nurse
and make sure that they all have the necessary information about your child’s
allergy. You can also put together an emergency response kit that includes an
EpiPen, which allows for immediate application of epinephrine in the case of an
One of these kits should be kept in the principal’s office or nurse’s office and
another in your child’s classroom. Rapid response prevents tragic results. For
this reason, simply having your child’s medication in the nurse’s office is not
be adequate. Having a second supply on hand right in the classroom could
literally mean the difference between life and death.
You can also talk to the principal about your child’s dietary needs if they have
food allergies and help the school to implement steps to control allergens in
the cafeteria. Of course, packing an allergen-free lunch is the easiest way to
ensure that your child remains allergy free even when he’s out of your care
during the day.
Another way to stay one step ahead is to spend time in your child’s classroom
and see exactly what their everyday surroundings entail. In most cases the
teacher won’t mind. In fact could also help to educate their class on the
dangers of allergens and how to work together to keep the classroom environment
healthy for everyone.
Allergies are a growing problem but there is no reason why sending your child
off to school should be a dangerous proposition. With some careful groundwork,
you can assure that your child has a safe learning environment so that school
can be a positive experience for everyone involved. A few extra minutes of your
time today can keep your child safe for the whole school year!
Wishing you the best of health
The Allergy Store