Back to School

10 Jan 2018

 

Back to school preparation is just around the corner so we’ve gathered a few helpful facts for parents to consider when planning their kids return to school. Not only is it important to instil good habits in children with allergy but also to continue to raise allergy awareness by sharing knowledge with teachers and other parents.

 

Asthma

With uncontrolled asthma, more common in teens, the likelihood of a flare up in the classroom or playground increases substantially. If your child has asthma it is important to keep it well controlled as prevention is the best treatment. Remember that if using a reliever (Ventolin or Asmol) more than 2 times a week, this is an indication of a need for preventer asthma medication (or a review), as is nocturnal waking or difficulty exercising due to cough or wheeze.

“When children return to classrooms, factors such as stress, a change of environment or allergens and less strict asthma management over the holidays can trigger asthma.”

Get your child ready for school with this back-to-school asthma checklist and share the information with your school. In many cases we can help patients to better manage asthma by better managing their allergy. To see how we could help you, just ask us.

 

Food Allergy

If your child has a food allergy, teaching them to be allergy aware is the best way to prevent a reaction while they’re at school. Not sharing food, washing hands, reading food labels, always carrying an EpiPen, and knowing what to do during a reaction are all important habits for your child to develop. Update your child’s ASCIA Action Plan and share a copy with their school for reference.  It’s always a good idea to do a family refresher each year on how to recognise and manage an allergic reaction.

Is your child’s allergy Action Plan and EpiPen up to date? Childrens’ immune systems are changing and developing as they grow, allergy should be tested annually until the age of 5 and every 2 years after that. 

As with uncontrolled asthma, teenagers and young adults with food allergy are also at the highest risk. Any reactions or changes in symptoms should always be seen to without delay. For reviews or EpiPen renewals book an appointment.

Teenagers and young adults with food allergy are at the highest risk of fatal anaphylaxis. 44% of 14-25 year olds admitted to not always carrying their EpiPen.

If you need more support on how to teach your child to be allergy aware, contact us to arrange a review and update their EpiPen script at the same time.

An unmanaged allergy can affect a child’s development and their performance at school. To have your child tested for allergy, book an appointment at one of our clinics.

Good luck to all the big kids starting school for the first time this year! Parents, we hope you manage to make it through without too many tears.

 

Sources: National Asthma Council Australia, ASCIA

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