If your child has been prescribed an EpiPen it is essential to provide the school with two Adrenaline-Auto Injectors (AAIs) as well as any other allergy medication your child may need.
Dealing with peer pressure
Unfortunately, many children have to contend with some sort of bullying. However, bullying children with food allergy can take on a new meaning if behaviour potentially causes a life threatening event. More information on this can be found here.
Taking responsibility for their allergy management plan
This huge change in lifestyle opens up a whole new world of independence, and with this, they’ll also need to be independently managing their allergies well.
- Their individual healthcare plan will continue to be discussed at the beginning of each new term. Your child should be actively involved in these discussions.
- Ahead of any medical consultations, encourage them to prepare questions for themselves. This will help them to continue to gain confidence in managing their allergies with healthcare porfessionals and make the transition to adult services easier.
- At the start of the medical appointment, urge your child to talk about their allergy and ask some of the questions they have prepared. This will give you and the school insight into what they may need help with.
The British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI) has produced a range of Allergy Action Plans, which can be used for this purpose, and can be downloaded below.