Back-to-School Time! Are Your Child's Allergies and Asthma Under Control?

Back-to-school time is a great time to evaluate asthma and allergy control with kids. As they get older, their medication needs may change often. It's important to assess where they are at, what they need if they could be doing better, and what kind of help they need in administering their medication, especially when the school environment (contact with so many other students) can cause greater spread of viruses and bacteria as well as exposure to different allergens.  

When school starts, students tend to share viral upper respiratory infections (cold viruses). These often trigger flares of asthma and are a common cause of “asthma attacks.” If asthma isn't well controlled, things may get worse and recovery time may be longer. 

Unfortunately, this sharing of viruses occurs at a time while there is heavy exposure to late-summer and fall pollens, which further worsen people’s asthma and underlying allergies.

A lot of parents take advantage of this time of year to meet with their allergist or primary doctor to make sure their child’s asthma and allergies are fully controlled and to make sure medications are up-to-date. Back to school doctor visits for children with asthma and allergy concerns is also a great opportunity to take care of school medication forms. If your child has an inhaler or an epipen, the school usually requires forms be signed by the doctor and returned to the school. They need authorizations to administer those medications and to make sure they have them available at the school should your child have need of them. Sometimes this requires an additional prescription refill. 

Don't hesitate to contact your pediatrician or primary care doctor, as well as your allergist for help readying your child for the school year. If you have any other questions or want your child to see one of our providers at Wasatch Allergy and Asthma, don't wait to give us a call. We are more than happy to help and to provide you with the resources you need to make sure your child has a great school year. 

 

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