Although I just filled a Wal-Mart shopping cart with school supplies for A.J.’s second grade needs, I was far from done with getting him ready for the academic year. As a food allergy and asthma family, we have to make sure all of A.J.’s medications are up-to-date and his school nurse has the proper dosage information. Here’s a breakdown of back to school essentials for asthma and allergy kids. You can also watch my video feature interview with CBS 46 Atlanta below – where I shared insight on the supplies asthma and allergy families need each school year.
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Most public school students are in class at least six hours a day and often longer with after care and sports. For allergy and asthma kids (or any child with a chronic condition) it’s important to have their medications available at all times. Countless times during A.J.’s pre-k, kindergarten and first grade years, his school nurse administered albuterol to help him with his asthma symptoms. A lot of this was new to me when he started school. You’ll want to keep reading if your child is attending school for the first time or you switched schools.
Asthma & Allergy Kids
Make an appointment for an annual physical before school starts. New school medical forms are usually required each academic year. The school nurse and teachers need to know if your child’s dosages and medications have changed. It may be hard to get an appointment, so be sure to let your pediatric office know you’re coming in for school forms and be flexible with the times they provide.
Refill and renew medications. Many medications for asthma and allergies expire after one year. Expiration dates are typically displayed on the exterior packaging. For students with asthma, an inhaler they used last school year may have expired already. As he’s gotten older, A.J. has gone on more school field trips which I usually chaperone if my schedule allows. I’d like to give his teacher something like a MedBuddy Medicine Case to keep his medications organized and handy.
For families who are overwhelmed by the price of EpiPens, consider the Auvi-Q as an affordable alternative with a typical zero out-of-pocket cost. Here’s how to print and mail-in the form to request an Auvi-Q pen delivery to your door or doctor’s office.
Check nebulizer masks and tubing. Were any of these items broken or cracked over the school year? Has your child outgrown their nebulizer mask? Order new ones for the school.
Update or buy allergy alert labels for your child’s lunch bags and food containers. Did you order new water bottles and backpacks this school year? Make sure they have up-to-date allergy information. Place the allergy alerts on your child’s sports bottles too so their coaches are informed.
Keep your child’s classroom stocked with facial tissue. Any cold or runny nose can unleash a miserable period for little ones with asthma. Thankfully, A.J.’S teachers send requests home for additional tissues, especially during cold and flu season.
Asthma & Allergy Needs
Nebulizer masks & Tubing
Albuterol & Inhalers
Epinephrine Pens & Cases
CBS 46 Interview: Back to School With Asthma & Allergies: