Back to School with Allergies

First things first – make sure your child takes his or her asthma and allergy medicine as prescribed, counsels the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology. Skipped doses mean more symptoms! The Academy also suggests that parents:

  • Tour the school to identify potential asthma or allergy triggers
  • Talk with your child’s teachers and other relevant school personnel, such as coaches, about your child’s treatment plan
  • If your child is at risk for life-threatening reactions, complete an Anaphylaxis Action Plan(1)

Every state in the U.S. has a policy allowing students to carry a quick-relief asthma inhaler, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. In addition, some states require schools to stock inhalers. Parents should check with their child’s school to make sure all medical forms, such as an asthma action plan and medication authorization form, are completed before the school year begins.(2)

For a child with allergic rhinitis (hay fever) it might be helpful to know pollen counts in order to plan medication. Visit https://www.pollen.com/ to get updated information for your area.

(1) The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, Back to School with Allergies and Asthma, https://www.aaaai.org/
(2) The Asthma and Allergy Foundation, Back to School: Students and Asthma Inhalers, https://community.aafa.org/