Allergies are a part of life for many children. Allergic reactions occur when the body’s immune system, which is designed to fight off germs and illness, responds to otherwise harmless material like food, fur, or pollen.
Children with severe allergies may find their school experience is slightly different from that of other kids, as they’ll need to take preventative measures to avoid allergy triggers. They may have to sit out certain activities with other children or miss certain life experiences entirely, like having a pet.
To help reduce the stress around allergies, it’s important to remind your child that allergies are common and everyone reacts differently to allergens. Helping your child create a personalized plan for managing their allergies can empower them.
If your child does not suffer from allergies, but has a sibling or friend who does, you can discuss how to be more mindful of those individuals and their needs. Accommodating and showing empathy toward those with allergies goes a long way toward making them feel included in everyday activities.
For its 100th anniversary, Scholastic spoke with experts to identify a set of tips, articles, and books that make starting a conversation with your child about allergies easier. These resources are part of a broader initiative, called the Scholastic Bookshelf, created for Instagram to raise awareness around contemporary issues affecting children today.
When you’re ready to talk about your child’s allergies with them, and devise a plan for their well-being, you can include the following resources in your discussion. Of course, always consult your child’s doctor with any questions or concerns regarding their health and well-being.