Family Health: Allergies

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- School starts next week, and for parents who have children with allergies, it may take a little extra time to prepare them for school.

Dr. Ruchi Gupta of Northwestern University says parents need to have a detailed plan in place so those at school can help if a deadly allergy reaction occurs.

"First, they need to meet with their physician and go over an anaphylaxis action plan," Gupta said.  "Now the action plan should have things like what their triggers are, so what they're allergic to, and then what signs and symptoms the school should look out for in case of an anaphylactic reaction, and again what they should do in case they see any of the signs and symptoms."      

Gupta says a good action plan is vital to protect your child from coming into accidental contact with an allergen.

She suggests every child go to school with two doses of medicine in case they do come into contact with something that causes a reaction, because one dose isn't always enough.

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