Your child suffers from a chronic illness, or maybe you have a little one who is allergic and about to start school: how to make sure that there is no interruption in your child’s medication ?
Allergy and disease management in school: what are the procedures?
Schools are quite used to managing allergies as well as the most common chronic diseases. For every concerned child, an ICP (Individualized Care Project) is provided, and it allows to:
- Authorize administration of a treatment in the event of an allergic outbreak or an episode due to their pathology ;
- Define the procedure to follow in case of emergency: administration of a shot or inhalable drug, call for emergency medical help…
- Define a specific organization for the child: schedule, possibility to isolate to take a treatment…
- Provide packed lunches based on the child’s allergies.
Parents, family and school doctors, as well as school staff jointly participate in the definition of the ICP. The child’s teacher, and the local extracurricular care services are also involved. Every kind of incident must be anticipated. Don’t panic: health and childcare professionals are used to these situations, and you can easily find templates for ICPs online.
Children: managing their health outside of the house
Everyday life is not easy for a child when he/she is allergic or suffers from a chronic disease: an illness singles out the child at an age when they just want to fit in… They are forced to gain autonomy towards their treatment; even if the school staff knows the right reflexes, get a Weenect Kids tracker so that your kid can contact you at any time!
Allergic child: the right reflexes
- Teach your child to refrain from exchanging snacks with a friend, accepting candy or food of any kind, or sharing a glass or bottle with another student…
- Make sure your child knows how to inform the adults around: teach him/her the name of the allergen(s) as early as possible, so that he/she can give the heads-up in case there is a problem.
- Taking a drug or performing self-injection, this kind of treatment should not be taken lightly; trust your allergist to train your child!
It is not easy for a child to handle an illness; teach them not to be afraid to express their needs: going to an isolated room to control their sugar level, take a snack when they have low blood sugar…
- The blood level tester may raise questions and curiosity among your child’s friends, but remind them that it’s not a toy and that no one else is allowed to use it!
- Your child is invited to a friend’s house and you don’t want to deprive them from having their share of sweets… Make sure to give them sugar-free treats so that they can also enjoy the party!
Epileptic children: the right reflexes
- Treatment regularity is essential: teach your child to read the time as soon as possible. It is a very useful skill, even for small children!
- Screens are increasingly present in our children’s daily lives, even in the classroom (computers, digital boards…). If your little one suffers from a photosensitive form of epilepsy, be cautious: make sure your child takes very frequent breaks, that he/she keeps a reasonable distance from the light source, and is attentive to the slightest symptom of a crisis.
Keep in mind that an allergy or a chronic disease is not an expulsion from school! Your child just needs to more attentive to his/her diet and well-being than other kids are… Sometimes, it may feel like a heavy weight on such frail shoulders: help your kid accept the disease and be autonomous with his/her treatment!