Well it is that time of year again…time to think about heading back to school.
As both my boys are anaphylactic and have asthma…I will be updating, if need be, their Emergency Medical Plans (provided by the school), writing a letter to the school staff outlining their specific medical conditions…food allergies and asthma…and creating a quick reference Emergency Medical Form for their teachers and substitute teachers (provided by Anaphylaxis Canada see below) and a quick reference Asthma Action Plan (provided by the Canadian Lung Association…click here for a link.)
My eldest starting grade 12…dairy, eggs, beef, lamb, fish, shellfish, peanut/tree nuts, sesame, mustard and raspberries and my youngest starting grade 10…peanut/tree nuts.
Anaphylaxis Canada makes my job easier by outlining some key resources for me to review:
1) An online webinar: Back to School – How to Manage Allergies This School Season…click here.
2) Parent Checklist: Key reminders for parents and students…click here.
3) School Staff Checklist: An overview for educators and school staff…click here.
4) Information for Teens and Young Adults: Why Risk It? …a teen site for safety and management tips…click here.
My personal favourite this year…a one page Emergency Medical Plan Form. This form quickly identifies my boys with their photo, list of food allergies, auto-injector information/expiry date/location, signs and symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction, procedure to follow during an anaphylactic reaction, and emergency contact information.
The one page Emergency Medical Plan Form is easy to fill out, easy to read, and acts as a quick reference for each of my boys’ teachers to have on hand for their file, for the substitute teacher’s file, for the staff room and main office. Click here for a link. Click here for a link for more of Anaphylaxis Canada’s list of Helpful Info.
Personally, I think the more information we offer to educate our educators and the students that interact with our children with anaphylaxis on a daily basis…the better.
As parents of children or students with anaphylaxis…we cannot totally rely on the school systems to be up-to-date on the ongoing progresses in the ‘world of anaphylaxis.’
It is up to us…as parents/caregivers…to continue to be advocates for our children with anaphylaxis.
With the onus on us…as parents/caregivers…setting a good example by teaching our children with anaphylaxis to becoming advocates for themselves.
We need to learn to ‘pass the torch’…giving our children with anaphylaxis the opportunity to be confident, independent, contributing members of society.
As parents of a child/children with anaphylaxis…what will you be doing to get ready to send your child/children off to school?
As a student with anaphylaxis…what will you be doing you do to get ready to start a new school year?