Ways to help your child deal with allergies

If your child has allergies, whether its outdoors or food allergies, you have to teach them early.

"My son has a nut allergy and that's one of the things we decided from the beginning, it's not the teachers' responsibility and we have to be partners with that process."

Mia Redrick, the Mom Strategist says while most schools have allergy plans in place but there are things we can do as parents to make sure our kids don't get left out.

"I think sometimes when a child has allergies, parent think they can't participate in the classroom cupcakes and that's just really tough particularly when your children are really younger, make that allergy free cupcake from your home and give the teacher a couple other cupcakes so when they're having those surprises your kid isn't left out.  It's really important."

Redrick says it's also important to make sure other parents are aware of your child’s allergies.

"Do an education day within the classroom.  I saw a parent do this and it was absolutely wonderful.  Her daughter was allergic to many things including apples and one of the things I thought was so powerful as a parent as having an allergy day where they educated the kids on what she could have."

It's easier these days because we are more informed about allergies and let’s face it, they're more common.

However, as the parent of an allergy child, I know it can still be difficult whether it's participating in a classroom party or playing outdoor sports.

Redrick says the key is self-management.

"Control your child's view of their world, and that's by not making them feel like they can't, but I can and allow them to control the things they can control."

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