DEALING WITH ALLERGIES AT SCHOOL
The new school year can bring new challenges to parents with children with fall allergies. You protect them from ragweed and mold at home, but what about at school? Make sure you and your child are prepared before school starts. Here are tips on how to help your child stay with allergies when they return to the classroom.
TALK TO SCHOOL STAFF
Make an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher(s), coach(es), and school nurse(s). Discuss your child’s allergies (and possible associated medication), and take a tour of the classroom and school grounds to check for allergen-populated areas. Common allergy triggers to look for include ragweed, pet dander, mold and dust mites.
Many classrooms have rugs or carpets—the perfect place for dust mites. Mold can grow around classroom sinks and in bathrooms. Check to see how often they’re cleaned. And ask teachers to keep windows closed to keep ragweed pollen and other allergens out of the classroom.1
DON’T PET THE PET
Kids love hamsters, gerbils, and rabbits, but pets should be off-limits if your child is allergic. Remind them not to hold any pet in the classroom. Children who have pets at home may have dander on their clothes, triggering symptoms in your child. A new seat assignment may help.1
PLAYING SPORTS WITH ALLERGIES
To help treat a sneezing fit due to grass, ragweed, or other pollen-producing plants, make sure you pack Children’s FLONASE and have it with you at the game. And postgame, remember to wash clothing to remove pollen and have your child jump in the shower to keep the pollen from spreading around the house.2
1. Study up For A Sneeze And Wheeze-Free School Year. (2014, December 16). Retrieved August 27, 2015, from https://acaai.org/news/study-sneeze-and-wheeze-free-school-year.
2. Athletes With Allergies, Asthma Can Play It Safe. (2014, December 16). Retrieved August 27, 2015, from https://acaai.org/news/athletes-allergies-asthma-can-play-it-safessed