Summer can be a fun and exciting time for kids as they venture out and make new friends. However, it is important for parents of children with allergies and wheezing to take steps to ensure a positive and safe summer experience. Below are some helpful tips to prepare for any time your child may spend away from home:
- Make staff aware. A key part of keeping your child safe is making sure the staff knows about the severity of your child’s allergies and wheezing and how they should handle an associated medical emergency. Specifically, make sure the staff knows how to handle a severe allergic reaction or a wheezing emergency, including how to help your child properly use their devices (Epi-pen, inhaler, ect.), and when they should seek emergency medical assistance.
- Pack a “to-go” kit for medications. If your child takes medication for anaphylaxis (i.e. severe allergy) or for wheezing: make sure they have the appropriate dose, the prescriptions are up to date, and the medicines are within their expiration date. Last, if your child is going to be away from home for an extended period of time be sure to send enough medication.
- Eat smart. Although food is part of the summer experience, if your child has a food allergy, be sure to communicate their needs to the staff director to avoid cross contamination. In addition, if your child is attending a daytime camp, make sure the kitchen is able to accommodate your child’s food restrictions. Otherwise, sending a packed lunch may be the best way to avoid a food incident.
Overall, if your child has allergies or wheezing, it is important to make sure that there is an emergency health plan in place in coordination with the summer staff. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s allergies or wheezing, please make sure to reach out to your child’s PCP.
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