Schools: Children’s Health FAQs & Resources

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Schools: Children's Health FAQs

What do you do if a child is having a severe allergic reaction?

If your child has an EpiPen then this should be administered, but only if you know how to use it correctly. Regardless of whether it has been administered or not, call 999 and you will be advised on what to do next. It is often recommended that you call 999 even when an EpiPen has been administered too.

Can a child administer their own inhalers?

A child is allowed to carry their own inhalers but it is advised that they are able to use it properly and not misuse it. This is up to the discretion of the school nurse or parents. It is advised for schools to have back up nebulisers in case of emergencies but it is not a legal requirement. Sometimes a child may keep their inhalers in the medical office at a school.

What is an anaphylactic shock?

It is a severe allergic reaction to something and it can be life-threatening. When a child is experiencing an anaphylactic shock they might experience lightheadedness, issues breathing, increased heart rate, sweats, anxiety & confusion or possibly losing consciousness.

What are the main triggers of asthma?

Triggers include alcohol, smoking, mould, exercise, colds & flu, specific foods, dust, weather, pollution, stress, sex, animals, female hormones and more… 

What are the 2 different types of diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes - is insulin dependent. The body attacks its own pancreas with antibodies and it doesn't make insulin. This means that people have to inject insulin each day and also test blood sugar levels.

Type 2 diabetes - this is the most common and milder form. In this case, the pancreas does produce insulin but not enough or the cells are resistant to it. People who are obese are at particular risk of it. Type 2 needs to be controlled with good diet, weight and exercise, if it gets worse, insulin may need to be administered.

What different medications are there for diabetes?

There are various medications to treat diabetes and there is the extra variation of what diabetes you are treating too. Some people have to trial a few different medications until they find the right one. Some of the possible medications are:

  • Metformin
  • Sulphonylureas
  • Gliptins
  • SGLT2 inhibitors
  • Acarbose
  • Incretin mimetics
  • Prandial glucose regulators
  • Glitazones

What can trigger an epileptic seizure?

A wide range of things can trigger epileptic fits. Listed below are some of the triggers:

  • Not eating correctly
  • Lack of sleep
  • Not taking medication
  • Stress
  • Flashing lights
  • Some women find it can be affected by their period
  • Alcohol & drugs
  • Illness
  • Excess caffeine
  • Specific medications

What do I do if a child is having an asthma attack?

If you think that a child is having an asthma attack follow these steps:

  1. Sit them up straight & try to calm them
  2. Get their reliever inhaler and get them to take 1 puff every 30-60 seconds, up to ten puffs.
  3. Call 999 if their symptoms continue to get worse, the 10 puffs don't make them feel better or you're worried and they haven't properly inhaled. Or if you do not have the reliever inhaler with you.
  4. If the ambulance takes longer than 15 minutes, repeat step 2

What is the school policy on asthma?

Schools policies in regard to asthma should aim to cover the below:

  • What asthma medicines there are available
  • Record keeping - seeing if a child needs an individual healthcare plan
  • PE - remind children with asthma to take inhalers before PE, be aware of which children have asthma
  • Out of hours sport - to make sure that staff who come into schools to run sports club are aware of children with asthma
  • Make sure that a child’s asthma is not affecting their learning experience
  • Plan for emergencies - what to do with an asthma attack

How can asthma impact a child's allergies?

As well as the physical symptoms and restrictions of having allergies there are emotional effects too. Sometimes having an allergy can be embarrassing for a child. It is important to reassure children that everyone faces some kind of challenge, whether that’s wearing glasses, having learning difficulties etc.

If they are older it is important to involve them in their medication and treatment of their allergy to give them some control.

The way in which a child deals with their allergies can depend on a variety of things, like their age, character, what allergies they have and how much support they have. A child’s friends should be made aware of their allergies so that they know what to look out for and make sure that they don't share food that might hurt them. Children should also be made aware of the signs of an allergic reaction in other children so that they know when to call a teacher for help.

FAQs regarding our Schools: Children’s Health courses

How long is my certificate valid for?

It is up to the training administrator of the employee as to when training needs to be refreshed. However, to stay up-to-date with legislation, we recommend that training should be renewed every year.​

What approvals do these courses have?

These courses have various approvals like IOSH & IIRSM. All of our courses are CPD Accredited too.

Why is this training important?

Our courses aim to make training simple. All courses use excellent graphics, animations alongside simple steps to ensure that you are providing the best care possible for a child. Courses look at the relevant legislation and help you work towards compliance. Undertaking this training will equip you with the right tools to help children lead a ‘normal’ life and not let it be impacted by things like diabetes, asthma and epilepsy.

What devices can you complete these courses on?

Our courses can be completed on a range of devices, they’re compatible with Desktops, laptops, mobile phones, iPads and other tablets.

Documents and resources

  • Adrenaline Auto-Injector

    A step-by-step guide to administering an adrenaline auto-injector for a child having a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis/anaphylactic shock).

  • Common symptoms of a MILD or MODERATE allergic reaction

    A little reminder of the most common symptoms of a mild or moderate allergic reaction, so you know what to look out for in a child with allergies.

  • CPR - Step-bystep

    A step-by-step guide to performing CPR with (rescue breaths).

  • Dealing with a Seizure - Step by Step

    This is a basic step by step guide to what to do (and what NOT to do) if someone has one of the common types of epileptic seizure, such as a focal seizure, an absence seizure, a tonic seizure or a tonic clonic seizure. It includes what you should do DURING the seizure and AFTER the seizure and explains what you SHOULDN’T DO.

  • Injecting Insulin - Step by Step

    A simple step-by-step guide to administering an insulin injection, to support our Schools: Children with Diabetes course.

  • Most common food allergens

    This document is perfect to pin up on a notice board at school for teachers and pupils alike.

  • Recovery Position

    An easy to follow step-by-step for putting a child in the Recovery Position (for when they are unconscious but still breathing).

  • Schools: Children with Epilepsy - Emergency Procedure

    This is a quick reminder of what you should do in an emergency if a child is having a seizure.

  • Symptoms of Diabetes - The FOUR T’s

    There are over 4 MILLION people with diabetes in the UK; that’s around 1 in every 16 people.

    Many children are not diagnosed with diabetes until they become seriously ill with it, because people simply don’t know what to look out for. This resource is a great visual reminder of the four main symptoms - the four T’s.

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