Back to School with Allergies
Although this school year will undoubtedly look different in the midst of a pandemic, some things will and should stay the same for the kids going back to school.
If you have a child with allergies or asthma, make sure their medications are up to date and not expired. Their symptoms should be under control to start the year off right! See the allergist to have all appropriate forms filled out and medications refilled. Review with your child when to use an inhaler and epinephrine auto-injector. Preparation always pays off!
Visit the School:
It may be a good idea to visit the classrooms your child will be in and talk with their future teachers. Let them know about your child's allergies, especially food, and ensure that all adults are comfortable with handling the signs of a severe reaction.
Visit the school nurse and see what medications are able to given during school if ever required.
Gather the details on food served in the cafeteria and how they handle food allergies. How does the staff avoid cross-contamination? Make sure your child is comfortable with voicing his/her allergies and that the staff understands the seriousness of the diagnosis.
Prepare your child mentally by being their cheerleader! 2021 will be a great year, and we need to expect great things from ourselves and our kids! Raising strong, confident children is one of the best things we can do for society.
The bebaby wishes you a happy and healthy school year!