If your child suffers from allergies you may be nervous about how it will be managed at school in your absence. Your concerns may be around the fact that they can’t yet self-manage their allergies, know how to distinguish (in the case of food allergies) or perhaps that there won’t be a knowledgeable adult nearby in case of an emergency. With proper communication and a management plan, you can put your mind at ease and ensure that your child’s allergy can be controlled and overseen when you’re not there.
Start off by arranging a meeting with your child’s teacher and, if the allergy is really serious, also meet with the school nurse (especially if your child needs to take medicine during an allergic reaction). During your meeting, present the school with an allergy management plan that includes the following information:
- Your child’s details and a recent photo. Include their date of birth, height and weight. Update this information twice a year.
- Your contact details. Make sure to update these when necessary.
- Include details of the allergy and symptoms and what your child should stay clear of.
- Detail the procedures to be followed in case of an emergency as well as the medication or treatment that need to be administered.
- If your child needs medicine for their allergy, include some in the management plan. This includes items like an adrenaline device, an inhaler or antihistamines.
- Include a letter from your child’s doctor detailing further important information about the allergy and the treatment.
This is also a good time to chat through the procedures that the school has in place for emergencies so that you can be sure that your child’s health is their priority. Make sure to also educate your child, in an age-appropriate manner, on how to deal with allergies, how to respond when they feel the onset of symptoms and which teachers or school staff to contact for help.
The key to managing allergies is preparation and education – for both the school and your child. Does your child have allergies?
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