Relief for Allergies at School: Talk to Teachers, Coaches, and More


Relief for Asthma and Allergy tool Kit for School Nurses at The American Academy of Allergy, epinephrine) on hand and a policy for quick use in an emergency.

Food allergies, in particular, can be life-threatening, so it is important to ask detailed questions about your school’s food allergy policy. Here are five questions to ask:

  1. Do they have a blanket ban on major food allergens, like peanuts, or simply have peanut-free tables in the cafeteria?
  2. How do they handle celebrations like birthdays?
  3. Do parents bring in treats from outside?
  4. Are there bake sales?
  5. Do they prohibit food sharing among children?

Educate Your Child About His or Her Allergies

As much help as teachers, coaches and parents can offer, ultimately, your child will be responsible for managing her allergies at school.

“It’s important to educate your child early on, in a developmentally appropriate fashion, about the allergies they have and get them to be active participants in their own care,” says Pistiner.

Teach your child to:

  • Recognize their own dust allergies.
  • Avoid reading or napping on carpeted surfaces; instead, sit at a desk or use a personal nap mat.

Take a proactive stance by educating your child’s teachers, as well as your child. You’ll help make the school day easier, limit the need for medication, and prevent uncomfortable or dangerous allergic reactions.

“Getting relief from allergies at school is a combination of things — you can’t pop a pill and be done with it,” says Lowe. “It involves a lot of teamwork, and a combination of awareness, avoidance measures, and medication.”