Tips on how to help your young person create an allergy friendly home environment from our Parent Pathways hub.
Being prepared is key
Your young person’s allergies may become worse during the transition to university and college. This can be due to a number of things including stress, living conditions, adapting to living away from home etc.
Encourage your young person to think and plan ahead, and not leave anything to chance. This includes going on placements, residentials or other activities, as well as the usual social activities.
Medical alert jewellery or bands with medical information engraved onto them detailing the wearers allergies can be useful, but these need to be purchased. Alternatives which do not require an expense include carrying a card stating their allergy, their allergy management plan (including asthma management plan if relevant) with their rescue medication. Remind your young person often that they should carry their rescue medications and devices with them at all times:
- A strip of antihistamines can be carried in a wallet or purse
- Adrenaline auto-injectors and inhalers can be carried in a pocket, bag or other accessory ,as long as it is with the allergic individual.
Visit our ‘Moving Out and Shared Living Space’ for parents of 18-25 year olds, for support on helping your young person with allergens around the house. You could also direct them to our Allergy House for more tips and advice on managing allergens around the home.
A detailed section on supporting your young person to independently manage their healthcare can be found under the GP and Healthcare section of Parent Pathways for parents of 18-25 year olds.
In addition, ahead of starting university, you should begin encouraging your young person to assume responsibility for:
- Booking doctor’s appointments and ordering and picking up their prescriptions in good time.
- Setting reminders on their phones and subscribing to expiry alerts for adrenaline auto-injectors.
- Agree an allergy management plan/asthma action plan with their healthcare professional to enable better management of their allergies.
It is important to make sure your young person registers with a GP local to their university or college, to maintain continuity of healthcare. This is essential, so they can get repeat prescriptions and book essential.
Support for health concerns, including sexual health, can be accessed through the student union or welfare support. Services can include counselling, access to free condoms (including latex free), family planning, drug testing kits and anti-spiking resources.