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.
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.
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.