The nursing team at LIS/LIK consists
of two nurses who work in collaboration with, and as part of, the Student
Support Services Department. The nursing team works in partnership with the
school to create a safe and healthy environment for all, providing both health
care and health education using best practice and up-to-date guidance from
government health authorities. The fundamental role of the nursing team is to
improve children and young people’s health and well-being.
We are located on the ground floor in
the LIS building next to the Primary Principal’s office. We provide care and
support at both LIS and LIK sites, throughout the school day.
Advice for Parents
The arrival of spring can be a joyful time, but for many it also
unfortunately means the beginning of the allergy season. This can be a
difficult time for those who suffer with pollen allergies and hay
fever. It involves a lot of sneezing, sniffling and itchy eyes.
Most pollen allergies are caused by the pollen
from early-flowering trees (such as hazel, alder, and birch), grasses, weeds
and mold spores.
When a person develops a seasonal allergy, their immune system acts as
if the substance is harmful to the body causing an inflammatory
reaction. This causes symptoms such as:
Stuffy nose, runny nose or sneezing
Itchy or red eyes
Sore throat, or itchy throat or ears
Waking up at night or trouble sleeping, which can lead to feeling
tired or having trouble concentrating during the day
Bronchial asthma in severe cases
To diagnose a pollen allergy, your doctor may
carry out skin tests, or a blood test, in which specific antibodies can be
If your child has a history of seasonal allergies, they may need
to start an antihistamine medication to relieve their symptoms. If your child
needs medication at school (including eye drops), please bring the medication
in to the school health office. Older students may carry and administer their
own eye drops with parental permission.
1. Allergy Avoidance
The avoidance of pollen is the safest method for treating hay fever. This can
be difficult, however, because the wind can blow pollen through the air for
More tips for everyday life that you can implement yourself are listed below.
2. Specific Immunotherapy (Hyposensitization)
Specific immunotherapy is the only treatment that addresses the cause of
allergies. Classically, this involves the allergy sufferer being exposed to the
respective allergen in gradually increasing doses in order to reduce
sensitivity to the allergy trigger.
Antihistamine (anti-allergic) medications are
used to relieve symptoms of hay fever. For stronger allergic reactions,
anti-inflammatory steroid preparations (e.g. as a nasal spray) can be used. Many oral
antihistamines may be most helpful when taken preventatively (before symptoms
develop) and can be obtained without a prescription. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about the
best treatments for you and your child.
4. Complementary Therapies
Regular rinsing of the nose with isotonic salt solution can be helpful in
reducing symptoms and the need for anti-allergic drugs. Homeopathic treatments
are also available.
with your child’s medical provider about the benefits and downsides of the different
treatments. The right treatment for your child will depend on their specific
CAN SEASONAL ALLERGY SYMPTOMS BE PREVENTED? — Yes.
If your child gets symptoms at the same time every year, talk with your medical
people can prevent symptoms by starting their medicine early.
can also help prevent symptoms by avoiding pollen. For example, you can:
Shower before bed. Before going to bed, take off your outside clothes,
shower and wash your hair, in order to wash out any adhering pollen.
Clean your home. Vacuum
regularly to remove fine dust and allergenic particles from the home. Wash bedding weekly in hot water.
Minimize exposure. Avoid
outside activities when pollen counts are highest, usually in the morning.
Close windows. Keep
windows closed when pollen counts are highest. This includes car windows
Nose and eye protection. Wearing sunglasses and using regular nose rinses to
rinse pollen away can help. Avoid rubbing the eyes. If
itching is bothersome, use a cool compress or eye drops.
Practise pet control. Pets can bring pollen and allergens on their fur inside
after being outdoors. Try to keep pets off furniture and out of
bedrooms. After cuddling with your pets, wash hands and face.
More information can be found on the DAAD (Deutsche Allergie- und Asthmabund) website, or on
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