After a summer of fun in the sun and barbecues, your children will have to get ready for another school year. While many kids will get that butterflies-in-the-pit-of-the stomach feeling that comes with having to make new friends and tackle new challenges at the start of the academic session, others will have the additional challenges of dealing with issues such as allergies or asthma.
What follows therefore is a look at how to help elementary students manage back to school stress and routines. The good news is that it’s doable — but it will take a lot of hard work.
Begin @ Home
Remember that it will be easier for your children to adhere to a good routine if it is being consistently practiced at home. You should therefore ensure that your children’s allergic issues are being properly managed in the home environment. When your children are old enough, they should be properly instructed, preferably by their family doctor or some other healthcare professional, how to use things like their inhaler, if they have asthma, or any other medical aides, if they have other issues that might require taking certain measures. You can also make your home safer for your kids by reducing allergens like dust, pet dander, and mold. This might necessitate swapping carpets for laminate or hardwood and buying bed covers that are resistant to dust mites. In the event that your children have pollen allergies, you should ensure that they remove their footwear when they arrive at home, immediately place their clothes in the washing machine, and get a good bath before retiring to bed. The bottom line is that your children are likely to have less stress if they already have the routine down pat.
Check Out Classroom
In order to reduce the sort of stress that can come from any adverse allergic reactions your children may experience at school, you should notify the school of your desire to examine the classrooms where your children will be instructed. You’ll want to inform the school of your children’s allergies and any medication they take so that they are fully aware. It’s also important to ask questions to get a feel for the safety of the environment. For instance, if your children are allergic to pollen, you’ll want to know if the teachers like to keep the classroom windows open. Open windows, of course, will result in more pollen entering the learning environment.
One of the most crushing things that can happen to your children is if they learn that, because of conditions like allergies or asthma, they can’t fully participate in certain fun activities like gym or intramural sports. The truth of the matter, though, is that these conditions need not get in the way of your elementary school children having fun — as long as you insist that they adhere to the recommendations of their allergist or doctor. If your children have a ragweed allergy, for instance, your doctor might recommend that they begin taking certain medicine a few weeks before the start of the school year so that they’re ready for fun and games when the time comes. This preparation work on your part will reduce back to school stress substantially.
Early to Bed…
It goes without saying that your children will need a sufficient amount of sleep in order to be alert during the school day, and this is all the more important if they have allergies. When your children breathe in allergens in the air, they will by so doing, inflame and irritate their nasal passages, which will make it difficult for them to get a good night’s rest. You can help to reduce these problems by regularly washing their sheets, disinfecting their mattresses, and filtering the air in your home. It will also make sense to have specific screen-free time — be it smartphone, laptop, or tablet. The reason for this is that children who are already having a hard time getting enough sleep might get even less sleep if they are tethered to their mobile devices and PCs.
Helping your elementary students to manage back to school stress and routines is definitely doable — but it will take lots of hard work since there are lots of different things to consider. By following the aforementioned tips, your kids will be ready for a safe and productive school year.