Manage Asthma and Allergies

Food allergy reactions and asthma attacks continue to be a leading cause for concern in school aged-children in Georgia. Children with food allergies are two to four times more likely to have asthma or other allergic conditions than those without food allergies.

Have a plan

Work with your healthcare provider to create an asthma action plan that outlines your child’s asthma triggers, medications, treatment and emergency contact information. Share with your child’s school nurse, teachers, babysitters, coaches, grandparents and anyone else that cares for your child.

Learn more about making an asthma action plan

Download our back to school food allergy cards

Get tested for allergies

About 20 percent of students with food allergies will have a reaction while at school. Contact the Food Allergy Clinic to have your child tested and learn how to prevent and treat allergic reactions, especially at school. If needed, request a prescription for a new epinephrine pen and discuss whether or not your child is ready to carry his quick-relief medicine at school.

Learn more about our Food Allergy Clinic

Do your homework

Before the new school year starts, contact your child’s school to get the necessary forms for your child to receive or carry his as-needed medicines while at school. Make sure your child knows how to properly use his medications.

Smart Eats for School

We’re here to help busy parents get smart for school with our expert tips about fueling up before, during and after the school day:

Bring on breakfast

Studies show that kids who start their day with a nutritionally balanced breakfast perform better in the classroom, miss fewer days of school and even experience happier moods after their morning meal. Whipping up a better breakfast doesn't have to slow you down. With simple shortcuts, you can skip the drive-thru, save time and feel great about starting the day right.

View our easy breakfast ideas

Choose school lunches

School lunches are more convenient for mom and dad (no shopping, preparing or packing required) and often cost less than lunches prepared at home. And now, thanks to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, they are more nutritious than ever.

Take our quiz to put your school lunch smarts to the test

Power up with snacks

When meals are more than four hours apart, smart snacking is a good idea. The key to power snacking: Combine at least two food groups and always include a protein. Energy from carb-heavy snacks (granola bars, chips, pretzels) wears off in a flash, but adding protein will keep your child feeling full until the next meal.

Check out our easy power snack ideas

School Stress-Busters

Every August, Georgia parents brace for the jarring transition from “summertime lazy” to “school year crazy” and our team of experts is here with tips to help make back to school smooth and less stressful for your family:

Sleep soundly

A good night’s sleep will make your kids happier, healthier and better able to focus while at school. Many of our experts are parents, too, and we know that bedtime can be a struggle. Remember: Kids need at least two weeks to become accustomed to waking up early for school again. The earlier you start, the easier your school year morning routine will be.

Read our four tips for better sleep

Check out our tips to reset your morning routine

Make plans to reduce stress

It’s important to have an overall stress-reducing plan to keep your child’s stress under control throughout the school year.

Read our easy ways to help kids relieve stress

Beat the back-to-school blues

For many kids going back to school can be stressful. New classes, new schedules and new people can bring on stress symptoms. We’re here to help make the transition from summer to back-to-school a smooth one.

Check out our six tips for beating the back-to-school blues 

School Bus Safety

In the U.S., roughly 23 million students take the school bus to and from school each day. While buses provide convenient, reliable transportation to and from school, the greatest safety risk isn’t riding the bus, but getting on and off of it. In 2015, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta treated 2,551 children involved in motor vehicle accidents, 68 of which were hit by a moving vehicle. Whether you are a passenger or another driver on the road, these safety tips can help prevent accidents:

Respect red lights

Drivers who are traveling behind, beside or opposite a bus in a lane with no median must stop when the bus lights are flashing red, and should remain stopped until all children have reached safety.

Teach your child about the danger zone

This is the area 10 feet in front of, behind and to the sides of the bus. Visibility in these spaces is limited for both the bus driver and other drivers.

Follow cross walk laws

Drivers should stop, not yield, at crosswalks, and should remain stopped until pedestrians have finished crossing.