Health Watch: School allergy and asthma checklist

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Tip of the Week

If your child has asthma or a food allergy, it is important that you prepare your child, their teacher, the school nurse, classmates and others about managing the condition and ways prevent exposure to triggers while at school. Here are some helpful tips to consider:

* Make an action plan - This will inform staff at the school about managing your child’s condition, like worsening asthma and allergy reaction symptoms. Plan in advance to get your child’s doctor or nurse practitioner to review and sign the action plan. Make sure you bring it to school on the first day, if not sooner along with a fresh supply of any prescribed emergency medicines. Share the plan with all appropriate staff members.

* Meet the teacher - Try and schedule one-on-one time with the teacher, school nurse and other necessary school staff to educate them about your child’s allergies or asthma. It is best if this can be done before the first day of class. Many school districts have policies for handling food allergies. Review these policies and make sure that your child’s specific needs will be addressed.

* Encourage your child to share information - It is important for your child to be able to communicate about their condition to his classmates, friends and the teaching staff. Make sure they knows to tell a grown up if they experience symptoms.

— Brandpoint

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7.7 percent: The number of American school children, about 1 in 13, who have a food allergy.

— Brandpoint

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