Back to School Allergies: How to Get Prepared
With the Back to School season in full swing, your thoughts are likely overrun with new blazer sizes, shoes, backpacks and endless name tag stitching. It is a stressful time for all involved, including the kids. Summers come to a close, and so the endless dream of the holidays begins to wind down (whether they like it or not)! Despite all the extra fuss that comes at this time of year, it is worth remembering that the horrors of spelling or long division might not be the only perils your children will be subject to over the next few weeks.
The Back to School season comes with its own array of colds and allergens for the little ones to worry about. Allergies typically affect 40% of children, and the number of allergic reactions in children is never higher than the beginning of the new school year.
Schools are rife with allergy and asthma ‘triggers’ that can set off a nasty reaction, so it’s important that you’re clued up about what your child or children are susceptible to. If you are aware of any allergies or asthmatic condition that your child has, make sure that their teachers are made aware of them, and that the nurses know what to do in the event of a reaction. They may have already asked you about these, but double-checking is usually expected from school staff, so don’t be afraid to make sure they are up to speed.
Allergies can develop even after a child has had an all clear, so we recommend booking a check-up and diagnosis for your little ones, even if they have not shown any overt signs of allergies or asthma yet. After all, knowing is half the battle. Our Allergy specialists will be happy to fill you in on everything you need to know for any eventualities that come up.
The most common ‘triggers’ found in schools are:
- Dust and mould
- Classroom pets
- Lunchtime food and snacks
- Bees & Wasps
- Hay Fever
- Asthma-related reactions from physical exertion
Do bear in mind that every child is different. This list is only a general collection of causes and ‘triggers’, and you can never really know what could set off an allergic reaction. Therefore for peace of mind, schedule an appointment with our Allergy Clinic specialists, who will make sure that your budding students are fully prepared for whatever comes their way – except perhaps ‘first girlfriend/boyfriend’ drama – we can’t help you there.
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