With the school year just beginning, many moms are busy preparing their children to meet the challenges of the classroom. If your child suffers from allergies or asthma, you’re probably concerned about attendance throughout the school year as well as keeping him or her safe from attacks. It’s been estimated that about one out of every ten school-aged children has asthma, and more than 10 million school days are missed each year due to this condition. Rest assured however, there are precautions you can take to ensure he or she has the highest attendance possible, but this requires careful planning and communication with an allergy doctor.
One of the best places to start is to pinpoint the triggers for the asthma or allergy attacks. Armed with this knowledge, you can work on trying to avoid these substances. Also be sure to enforce regular communication with your child’s teacher and school personnel regarding his or her condition. All 50 states allow the self-administration of asthma inhalers, and most allow epinephrine injections if necessary. It is vital that your child and their teacher fully understand how to use her inhaler or injection pen.
Make the back to school season a success for your child. In order for you and your child to be prepared for how to handle his or her allergies, schedule an appointment with an allergist so you can have a plan of action for making this school year the best it can possibly be.