(CARLSBAD, CA) – School is back in session! The bell has rung. It’s time to sharpen the pencils, refill the notebooks, zip-up the backpack, and ... pop the Claritin?
If this routine sounds familiar, you’re not alone. For quite a few American kids, allergies are a part of daily life. In fact, up to 40 percent of U.S. children have seasonal allergies and another 10 percent have food allergies. These allergies can cause children to miss school or be less productive during school hours.
Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett knows the frustrations of allergies, both as a fitness professional and as a mother and grandmother. She suggests these tips to keep your child’s allergies under control as the new school year begins.
Talk to your child’s teacher. At the start of a new school year, your child’s teacher will be getting to know an entire classroom full of new students. Call the teacher to schedule a brief conference. Talk with him/her about your child’s allergies. Write down a detailed list of the triggers, signs, and symptoms of your child’s allergies. This way, the teacher will have this list handy to remember your child’s individual needs.
Do your homework. Find out about the facilities at your child’s school. Ask the school principal if he/she has installed high-efficiency air filters. Also check to see if there are bans on serving particular food allergens, such as peanuts.
Check-in medication with the school nurse. If your child has allergies requiring medication, particularly any that are life threatening, bring multiple doses of the medication for the school nurse to keep on-hand. You may need to sign a parental consent form for the school nurse or aide to administer the medication to your child.
Talk to your child. Discuss good health habits with your youngster. Regular hand washing, especially before meals, can prevent your child from transferring allergens from hands to mouth.
With all of these tips in place, also be sure that your child knows his/her own allergy symptoms. If your child can recognize symptoms, then he/she can report it to an adult in charge right away.
Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,500 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.