Children spend the bulk of the week at school, so it is important if you are a parent of a child who suffers from anaphylaxis that you inform their school once they are diagnosed. Request a meeting with your child’s teacher or school nurse to agree a protocol for how the allergy will be managed on a day to day basis, where their Jext® will be stored as well as who will be responsible for administering it in an emergency. You can direct your child’s teacher or school nurse to our resources area where they can find useful supporting literature and information.
Your child should have two Jext® with them at school, as in the event that one does not sufficiently reverse the anaphylaxis a second can be used within 5-15 minutes.
It’s also important that your child is fully aware of their allergy, spend time discussing their allergy and ways in which they need to minimise risks when they are away from home. Also ensure their Jext® is carried with them at all times or is easily accessible.
If a Jext® is kept at school, make sure the expiry date is registered with the expiry alert service so that you are aware when the Jext® is due to expire. Visit the Jext® Kids website to teach your child more about Jext®.
Speak to your GP or local health authority about training for staff and teachers at your child’s school.
Your child may also spend time away from you at after school or weekend activity clubs. In an event like this, make sure to discuss the allergy, your child’s understanding of their allergy and what to do in an emergency with the person in charge.
Students going to university are often, for the first time, managing their allergies on their own and face many challenges from living in shared accommodation, taking responsibility for their medication, to eating in restaurants and going on nights out.
The Anaphylaxis Campaign has developed a booklet to help support allergic students which includes advice on preparing for university, information on eating out, our adult allergy action plan and general tips on managing their allergies throughout university.
Visit the Anaphylaxis Campaign’s website to download a complimentary booklet here: https://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk/campaigning/allergies-at-university/