As classrooms welcome students back each year, emergency departments welcome a 46% increase in asthma-related visits from kids. Here are a few tips from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to help yours stay out of the ER:
Stay off the carpet. Dust mites and other allergens can multiply in classroom carpet, so have your child sit on a chair instead of the floor for story time.
Check the bathrooms. Ask your school principal to let you have a look in the school bathrooms. Alert the school about any mold you see growing, so it can be cleaned up.
Shut pollen out. Ask your child’s teacher to keep classroom windows closed, especially in the morning when pollen counts are highest.
Give them a shot. A seasonal flu shot can help bolster your child’s immune system.
Practice hand hygiene. Teach your child to wash frequently, and use tissues and hand sanitizer, to fend off colds that can aggravate asthma.
Exercise caution. If your child is one of the 80-90% of kids with asthma who have trouble breathing during or after exercise, see an allergist who can help with a prevention and treatment program. Share it with your child’s gym and homeroom teachers.
Pick hairless pets. Fish and hermit crabs make great class pets without the allergy-triggering dander of hamsters and bunnies. If your child’s class does have a furry pet, make sure they keep hands off.
Manage the menu. Many kids with asthma also have food allergies. Let your child’s teacher, scout masters and other club leaders know about any foods that cause problems for your child.
Find plenty more tips for this school year and beyond at www.AllergyAndAsthmaRelief.org.