The beginning of the school year can be a stressful time, especially for those with children who have allergies or asthma. When including COVID-19 and the resurgence, that anxiety is only heightened. Here are a few steps, tips, and tricks to help keep your child happy and healthy while getting back to school.

Before Stepping Into A Classroom

Before your child even steps foot into the classroom, it is important to update all necessary adults on your child’s diagnosis and their needs. Share any action plan you have (Anaphylaxis Action Plan or Asthma Action Plan) with school staff. School staff should also be shown how to administer autoinjectable epinephrine or any other medical devices necessary for your child.

                While In The Classroom

With the COVID-19 pandemic raging on, it is important for children and school staff to wear a mask. Wearing a mask will help stop the spread of COVID-19. Not only that, but it can also help prevent exposure to possible allergens, such as mold. Those with controlled asthma can and should wear a mask. Those with uncontrolled asthma should be seen by a provider before heading back to school. For a reminder on how to properly wear a mask, click here. Being aware of the specific allergens your child is allergic to will help with recognizing and avoiding triggers in the classroom.

Exercise And Fresh Air At School

There are many allergy and asthma triggers at school that do not involve the classroom. Recess and outdoor activities can cause allergic rhinitis to flare. Insects are likely to be around as well. Checking the pollen count every morning and always carrying their autoinjectable epinephrine while outdoors can help prepare your child for the outdoors. Children with asthma can look to their Asthma Action Plan for guidance on treatment while exercising. This might mean using a short-acting inhaler prior to exercising or choosing sports/activities that are less likely to trigger symptoms. Treatment is based on the individual child and your child’s provider will discuss the best treatment options for them.

If your child has not yet seen an allergist or you need back to school tips, you can schedule an appointment with one of National Allergy & ENT’s Board Certified Allergists. To schedule an appointment please call (843) 797-8162 or schedule online.

Sources: American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America