The Short of It
Notebooks, pencils, new shoes and allergy plans—put all of these items on your back-to-school list.
In light of back-to-school time being just around the corner, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) recommends that parents of kids with allergies and asthma talk to school administrators—from principals to classroom aides—about an action plan in case of an attack.
ACAAI President Dr. James Sublett explained in a news release, "Many kids with asthma and food allergies don't have a plan in place at school. An allergy or asthma action plan doesn't do any good if it's not shared with the people who can act on it."
An action plan includes explaining the asthma and allergy triggers specific to your child and what to do in case of a reaction. It's especially important for physical education instructors and lunchroom personnel to be aware of children's health status.
All school administrators should know how to administer medication, including epinephrine auto-injectors, when kids suffer severe allergic reactions called anaphylaxis.
According to the ACAAI, more than 10 million children under 18 suffer from asthma, and an astounding 1 in 4 contend with respiratory allergies. Since children spend most of their days in school, it's essential for school administrators to understand the health status of each child.
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