Around the U.S., school days are winding down! As a parent of a child with food allergies, there are a few remaining items on your to-do list.
Is your child's class having an end-of-year party or field day activity? Make sure there is something on the menu your child enjoys.
On the last day of school, collect your child’s unused medication from the school nurse. This includes epinephrine auto-injectors and possibly other medicines, such as asthma quick-relief (rescue) inhalers.
If the medicine is not expired, you can give it to a summer camp if your child is attending. Or, take it along as extras if you are going on vacation. It is always a good idea to have extras handy when you are far from home.
If the nurse or a teacher had emergency food (like in case your child forgot lunch) or a safe snack stash, pick that up as well.
Don’t forget to think ahead to the beginning of the next school year. Your school nurse will need new medical authorization forms and emergency action plans for the next school year. Make sure you have your annual allergist appointment scheduled before next school year begins. Many parents take their children to allergy appointments during the summer so kids don’t miss school.
What else do you need to think about? Visit 10 School Planning Tips When Your Child Has Food Allergies. This is to help you prepare for next year! Our shareable resource is also available as a PDF download as well. Consider making appointments now to meet new staff right before school opens again. This may include not only the new teacher but also the food service director, new nurse and other staff.
For now, thank your school staff for a great year, relax and have fun!