If you or your child is newly diagnosed with asthma or allergies, there is a lot of information to learn, a lot of questions to be answered. Perhaps you need information to share with school, caregivers, friends or relatives. A little formal literature can go a long way in promoting awareness and convincing others that allergies need to be taken seriously.
Ruth from Allergizer.com has found a few sources for gaining information on allergies, all at low cost if not free prices. Check out the AAAAI page on public education materials. Ruth listed the 3 children’s storybooks covering allergies, asthma and insect bites, each priced at $2.00. Ruth also found Claritin’s free booklets for allergies. These booklets are designed for parents and children, teachers and students, doctors and patients.
Also listed is Kidswithfoodallergies.com which offers a wide range of material, including free holiday recipes, tips and craft ideas for kids and families with food allergies. Some tips listed are leave a non-food treat for Santa, host a party at home with all safe food items, or organize a cookie swap with other families with food allergies or friends you can trust with food items. There is also general, non holiday information here as well.
Convincing even your closest friends and relatives of the importance of adhering to avoidance of foods and closely following allergy plans is not always easy. Though they mean well, they may not understand the repercussions if someone comes in contact with an allergen. This time of year, especially can be tempting to stray from the set “plan.” Whether it’s food, environmental or asthma related, serious reactions can occur. Somehow, by showing them something “published” by a reputable source, the impact may sink in just a little bit better.
It can be a difficult time of year, whether it’s food at school, parties in other’s home, or some babysitting at a friend’s house while you get things done; whoever is in charge needs to know as much as possible about the allergies or asthma. Perhaps you want to order a few of these booklets; you can give some away and keep one with your child’s medication that you leave with a caregiver. Share them with your school nurse and teachers, your relatives and friends, even your children’s coaches and activity leaders.
Anytime I have passed along allergy information to my children’s teachers, they are grateful. Our children aren’t and won’t be the only allergy students they will have and any information gives them more to work with. Each child is different, so the more information, the better they can understand allergies, asthma, triggers and reactions.
It’s the season to spread cheer; spreading knowledge is a good thing, too.
– Heather Legg