May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Did you know May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month? My sister and several other good friends have asthma and I’ve seen how hard it can be to manage, especially when you’re a kid.

Fortunately, many insurance plans, including the Florida Healthy Kids plans for children ages 5 through the 19th birthday, offer value-added benefits to aid in keeping your child’s asthma and allergy symptoms under control.

Examples of this include:
  • Carpet cleanings
  • Hypoallergenic bedding
  • Online asthma support programs and more!
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Understanding Allergies with Your Kids

Florida KidCare also has some helpful tips on how to discuss allergies with your children to make sure they understand how to identify any symptoms and avoid root causes. I’m marking these down for our school’s parents for sure!

  • Make an allergy safety plan with your child so they’re always prepared at home or at school in case of emergencies.
  • At the beginning of each school year, share a list of foods your child is allergic to with their teachers, kitchen staff, the school nurse and class volunteers – so they’re aware of what foods your child must avoid and can be prepared in case of emergencies. Source: PTA
  • Your child is growing and changing every day, which is why it’s important to check in with your pediatrician on a regular basis to find the best treatment and monitor your child’s allergies. Source: MayoClinic
I’m Taking Allergies More Seriously: How to Take Care & Be Aware

Our family has had some close calls with allergies over the years – mainly of the food variety. Not too long ago, despite being aware that our close friend has a potentially deadly allergy to bell peppers, my husband accidentally used the same knife to cut both the pepper pizza and the cheese pizza she was planning to eat. I could have never guessed what would happen next. Coughing…the struggle to breathe and so much more. It was scary! Taking allergies more seriously became essential in our house from that point on.

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Or so we thought.

Go figure, we threw the SAME FRIEND a baby shower and one of the gourmet ketchups we served with the kids’ food happened to have bell peppers in it. She barely got the piece of popcorn chicken up to her mouth before her reaction started…again!

I'm Taking Allergies More Seriously: How to Take Care & Be Aware
Pepper ketchup top left…
Taking Allergies More Seriously

No one in my family has food allergies. It’s not always top of mind for me as a result, except for maybe when I’m at work at Grandview Preparatory School. They are a strict nut-free campus, so as far as taking allergies more seriously, at least “no nut products” has been branded into my brain by now.

Food allergies are a growing safety concern in all schools. According to the CDC, roughly 1 in 13 children – about two students per classroom – have food allergies. That’s a lot!

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I'm Taking Allergies More Seriously: How to Take Care & Be Aware
Grandview Preparatory School is a nut-free campus. Photo by Sweet Memories Photography

I wish we lived in a world where allergies didn’t exist, but at least with the right tools, like Florida KidCare health insurance, symptoms can be managed. Now to get rid of all of the bell peppers in my house…

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