While parents play a critical role in noticing their child’s interactions throughout the day, another person also takes on this key position for a child’s day-to-day life: teachers. Although difficult at times, teachers and other instructors are oftentimes some of the primary people to notice a child’s symptoms due to the excessive amounts of time that they spend with their students. With spring just around the corner, children are likely to start exhibiting more or new symptoms, and someone who spends five days a week with them may be prone to noticing these irregularities. Because of this, it only is fair for teachers to have questions about how to best go about working with allergic or asthmatic students. The following are some commonly asked questions from instructors with answers that hopefully help to ease their concerns:
Why should I refer my students to an allergist?
Allergies and asthma are serious diseases. Board-certified allergists can treat more than just symptoms, identify the source of suffering and develop a treatment plan to eliminate symptoms, as well as provide the most cost-effective care and best outcomes.
How can I tell if my student is suffering from allergies or asthma?
If a student is not able to focus in class, participate in all activities, or misses school because of symptoms, then their condition is not under control. The student could benefit from seeing an allergist or perhaps another provider.
How do allergy and asthma symptoms affect my students' lives?
If properly diagnosed and treated, students should not miss any school or activities because of their allergies or asthma. Students should be able to feel good, be active all day, and sleep well at night.
How should approach parents about having their child see an allergist?
If a student’s asthma and allergy symptoms are affecting his or her ability to focus in class or participate in all activities, you should discuss this with the parents and/or ask if the student has ever seen an allergist for specialist care.
Can I reassure my students that allergy shots are safe?
Allergists are specialists in administering allergy shots. While the shots do require a time commitment, they don’t hurt and are very safe. Allergy shots can actually alter the progression of allergies, eliminate symptoms, and prevent asthma and the development of other allergies.
Here at MASA, we can help ease your suffering by identifying allergy or asthma triggers and prescribing treatment. Call us at 309-452-0995 or 217-717-4404 to book an appointment today!
For a more in-depth look at these FAQs, take a look at the ACAAI’s handout below.