Back to School: Working with Your School Nurse/Staff to Keep Your Child Healthy

  • In our last article, we talked about the various allergy triggers your child might come into contact with at school. This time, we'll look at some strategies for partnering with the staff at your child's school to keep your child healthy.

    First, open the lines of communication. It's a good idea to talk with your child's teacher and the school nurse at the beginning of every school year to make sure they know about your child's allergies. A written plan would be helpful in making sure everyone is on the same page.

    You can read about Asthma Action Plans. There's no reason why you couldn't develop an Allergy Action Plan for your child that would be along the same lines, spelling out your child's allergy triggers, usual symptoms of an impending allergy attack and how to respond to keep things from getting worse.

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    Second, know your child's rights in regard to "right to carry" laws for your region. Most states have laws that specify a child's right to carry life-saving allergy and asthma medications at school (rather than having them kept in the school nurse's office). Such laws allow your child to carry a quick-relief inhaler (for asthma) and / or injectable epinephrine (for food allergies and insect stings, most commonly).

    Find out what the law is in your state and then talk with school staff to make sure the plan is clear on how allergy emergencies will be handled for your child.

Published On: October 15, 2007