Handle Allergies at School

Chalkboards and other items in art class may be allergy triggers for your child at school.

Handle Allergies at School

Their noses may be tinier, but kids can sneeze, sniffle and wheeze just as much as adults. At home, parents can clean their child's bedroom until it's dust-free, but that's a little harder to do at school - a child's home away from home. As your child enters the world of finger-painting, fractions and fiction, he or she must also contend with a classroom of potential allergy traps.
You can eliminate some unnecessary suffering by teaching your child the ABCs and 1-2-3s of avoiding allergy irritants at school. (Be sure to also notify your child's teachers about his or her condition so that they are aware of the situation.) Before the school year begins, teach your child these tips.
· Encourage your child to stay away from dust breeders such as chalkboards, chalkboard erasers, bookcases, mats, and closets. While it's impossible to completely avoid them, encourage your child to minimize contact with these areas and items as much as possible.
· Find out if there's a pet in the classroom. If your child is allergic to it, get him switched to another classroom. If it is impossible to switch rooms, remind him or her to sit as far from the animal as possible and limit contact with it.
· Tell your child to exercise caution during art and science classes, which frequently use chemicals, glue and paint. Exposure to these products can trigger an allergy.
· If your son or daughter is carpooled to school, make sure that the car windows are kept closed so that pollen doesn't get trapped in the car.
· Discourage your child from playing outdoors on days when pollen counts are especially high. (You might need to talk to his teacher about having an indoor recess or his physical education teacher about having an indoor gym class if such activities are held outside on high-pollen-count days.)
Chalkboards and other items in art class may be allergy triggers for your child at school.

Their noses may be tinier, but kids can sneeze, sniffle and wheeze just as much as adults. At home, parents can clean their child's bedroom until it's dust-free, but that's a little harder to do at school - a child's home away from home. As your child enters the world of finger-painting, fractions and fiction, he or she must also contend with a classroom of potential allergy traps.



You can eliminate some unnecessary suffering by teaching your child the ABCs and 1-2-3s of avoiding allergy irritants at school. (Be sure to also notify your child's teachers about his or her condition so that they are aware of the situation.) Before the school year begins, teach your child these tips.



· Encourage your child to stay away from dust breeders such as chalkboards, chalkboard erasers, bookcases, mats, and closets. While it's impossible to completely avoid them, encourage your child to minimize contact with these areas and items as much as possible.



· Find out if there's a pet in the classroom. If your child is allergic to it, get him switched to another classroom. If it is impossible to switch rooms, remind him or her to sit as far from the animal as possible and limit contact with it.



· Tell your child to exercise caution during art and science classes, which frequently use chemicals, glue and paint. Exposure to these products can trigger an allergy.



· If your son or daughter is carpooled to school, make sure that the car windows are kept closed so that pollen doesn't get trapped in the car.



· Discourage your child from playing outdoors on days when pollen counts are especially high. (You might need to talk to his teacher about having an indoor recess or his physical education teacher about having an indoor gym class if such activities are held outside on high-pollen-count days.)



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