Dealing with Child Allergies: Should You Send Them to School?

Written By Temple Allergy and Wellness on August 23, 2018

Are you worried that your child’s allergies are preventing them from being at school? Or are they getting in the way of your everyday life and time as a family? 

You’re not alone. 

Child allergies are incredibly common, with approximately 10,000 U.S. children missing school because of their allergies each day. 

What’s more, around 40% of kids also suffer from seasonal allergies, like hay fever, with watery or itchy eyes, sneezing, and stuffy noses having a detrimental impact on their everyday lives, from school to family time. 

But while allergies can be incredibly frustrating and inhibiting, your child can still go to school with them. 

What Causes Child Allergies? 

An allergy occurs when a non-harmful substance causes the immune system to react to it. For example, this may be pollen. 

This reaction causes their body to produce antibodies, which stimulates the release of chemicals (e.g. histamine) that fight allergies. And as their body is fighting off this allergy, it produces the telltale symptoms, like a scratchy throat or runny nose. 

It’s also common for children with allergies to experience allergic asthma and exercise-induced asthma. This can include other symptoms such as shortness of breath and wheezing. An allergist will be able to rule out asthma as the cause, ensuring it is an allergic reaction that induces asthma-like symptoms. 

How to Help Your Child Live with Their Allergies

Ultimately, coping with child allergies comes down to careful planning and education. 

Start by doing some research in your local area (your allergist will be able to help you with this), taking into account what needs to be done to help your child avoid certain allergens. For example, are there any pets in the school? Will they be playing outside?

Then, begin your plan of action by meeting with your allergist and pediatrician to establish what your child’s going to need to help make their school environment a happy and healthy one. For example, the allergist may be able to write a letter to the school with instructions on how to prevent allergic reactions. They may also recommend your child for allergy drops which will help make their immune system less sensitive to certain allergens. 

Finally, be sure to educate your child about their allergies, too. Teach them what they need to avoid and when they should ask for help. 

By putting this strategic plan together and working with an allergy specialist, you won’t be ruled by allergies but will be able to live happily with them. 

To hear more about how our allergists can help your child, call today at 254-778-6475.

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