Play It Safe With Allergies, Asthma During Pandemic School Year
FRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News)
“The first priority is, of course, keeping children safe if they will be attending classes in person. As allergists, we need to examine not only how kids with allergies and asthma might be affected by the normal classroom risks, but how COVID-19 might also affect their health,” he said in a college news release.
- Breathing well with a mask: While, theoretically, this should not be true, some people with asthma feel that wearing a mask makes it more difficult to breathe. Since wearing a mask is essential to curbing the spread of the new coronavirus, parents may want to get their child accustomed to wearing a mask before returning to school by having them wear one for an hour or two while still at home.
- Allergy symptoms probably will not go away: Wearing a mask to prevent COVID-19 certainly won’t make symptoms worse, but it’s unlikely to block allergens from entering a child’s system. Parents should not rely on masks to prevent their children’s allergies and asthma. Children should be up to date on prescriptions and have their symptoms under control, as with any school year.
- Keep the flu away: As always, make sure your child gets the flu vaccine when it becomes available.
- Bagged lunch: Many schools are recommending that all children bring lunch from home to eat at their desk, rather than gathering in a cafeteria. If your child has food allergies, remind them not to share food with others.
- Stick to the usual routine: Remember that for children with asthma and allergies, COVID-19 is not the only concern. Provide school nurses and teachers with your child’s asthma or allergy management plan.
— Serena McNiff
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SOURCE: American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, news release, July 28, 2020