Studying, for children with allergies such as asthma, can be quite difficult. They not only find the conditions at school hard, but also have to keep up with social stigma and low self-confidence. It is important for the parents and other close persons to create an environment where the children can learn and develop with minimal problems. The steps undertaken to achieve this depend on the type of allergy, its severity, and prevailing environmental conditions. The effort undertaken is aimed at identifying the cause of the symptoms, reducing exposure to the material, and reducing the impact on the child’s health. This helps ensures regular school attendance and a normal life for the child.
It is good to first visit a pediatrician and discuss the child’s health. Get to know the symptoms of the allergy; this helps the parent single out substances, as well as areas that the child should keep out of. Next, the parents and doctor should develop a plan on how to take care of the child, and then discuss the plan with the school authority. This may include keeping away from the blackboard for a child with a dust allergy. You may also have to pack their lunch in cases of food allergies. Let his or her teacher know what substances to avoid, along with emergency first aid procedures.
Moreover, it is important that the child knows of his or her condition. Let him or her know when they have the symptoms, and when to ask for help. Very young children cannot be relied on for correct responses; however, it is good to teach the child of the hazards gradually. In cases of food allergies, teach the child to never take any food offered other than from a few family members who know of his or her condition.
Engage all relevant, close family members and friends in taking care of your child, so they can get assistance when you are not around. Furthermore, check with the teachers and the school nurse on the child’s welfare, and evaluate your plan, changing it accordingly. Work with the school on any changes that you may feel are beneficial to the child, as this helps create a cordial relationship with the school.
Finally, try to ensure that the child does not face social conflicts at school due to his or her condition. This can be done by allowing the teacher to let the rest of the classmates in on the child’s condition. Encourage the child to interact with schoolmates freely when and where safe. In cases where a mistake has been made, deal with the problem calmly. Avoid getting emotional and rowdy, as this would make matters even worse. Ensure that you thank everyone involved in the child’s welfare, as people are more likely to help willingly when they feel that they are appreciated.