Communication goes a long way in managing your child’s Las Vegas allergies. A comprehensive communication plan should ultimately include:
- Your child
- School staff
- Other parents
Most children who are school-age understand food allergies and the problems that can occur with allergy exposure. Along with teaching your child about the specific allergy, you should also teach them what foods they should avoid to reduce the risk of exposure. If the allergy is present in other products too, such as nuts or soy, teach your children about related products that they should avoid as well.
Along with your child, it’s also important to communicate with the school staff about your child’s allergy. Ask the school what protocols and procedures they have in place for handling allergies in students, if any. You may need to fill out a medical form to have on file with the school, and you might also consider providing the school nurse and school administrators with a copy of your child’s medical records that document the allergy and any corresponding medication.
Lastly, a communication plan should also include other parents. While the classroom teacher should be aware of your child’s allergies and the foods that need to be avoided, other parents should also learn what foods your child is allergic to. When they pack lunches, snacks, or prepare foods for school parties, they can avoid the foods that your child is allergic to altogether. Given the ease and practicality of electronic correspondence in today’s society, ask the child’s teacher if you can circulate an email to other parents explaining your child’s allergies and how to protect him or her from exposure.