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 allergic response.

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

 

Updated 08/31/2012
 

 

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