School Allergens

13 Mar 2017

 

It’s not only pollen and mould that triggers allergies this time of year. Kids are often exposed to irritants in the classroom and playground that can cause allergy & eczema flares.

Children’s immune systems are changing and developing as they grow, and it’s important to keep their allergy Action Plan and up-to-date. Allergies should be tested annually until the age of 5 and every 2 years after that. Any reactions or changes in symptoms should be seen to without delay.

Now that holidays have begun, before you can blink it’ll be second term for parents with kids returning to school. The school holidays are great opportunity to explore any concerns about your children’s well-being.

Allergy can affect a child’s development and their performance at school.

In the lead up to Food Allergy Awareness Week we’ll be sharing some positive and useful ways for spreading the word in your community. Does your child have 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 in the case of a reaction are all important habits for your child to develop.

Teenagers and young adults with food allergy and uncontrolled asthma are at the highest risk. Any reactions should always be seen to without delay. Book an appointment to update your EpiPen or management plan.

Research shows teenagers are at the highest risk of fatal anaphylaxis. A concerning 44% of 14-25 year olds admitted to not always carrying their EpiPen.

When returning to the classroom, 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

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

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