Children, School and Food Allergies: What Measures Parents Should Take

by SKHC Editor on September 27, 2010

Food allergies can life threatening. As a parent what can you do to reduce your child’s risk of accidental exposure to foods they’re allergic too while at school?

  • Notify the school of your child’s food allergies.
  • Work with the school to develop a plan that accommodates your child’s needs throughout the day (classroom, cafeteria, before and after school programs, bus, etc.) as well as a Food Allergy Action Plan.
  • Provide written medical documentation, instructions, and medications as directed by a physician, using the Food Allergy Action Plan as a guide. Also include a current picture of your child on written form.
  • Supply properly labeled medications and replace after use or upon expiration.
  • Educate your child on to manage their food allergy (safe vs. unsafe foods, how to avoid exposure to unsafe foods, symptoms of allergic reactions, how/when to alert an adult they may be having an allergic reaction, how to read food labels).
  • If your child has an allergic reaction review policies/procedures with the school staff, the child’s physician, and the child (if age appropriate).
  • Always keep the school and your child’s physician up to date on emergency contact information.

Consider having your child wear a wristband that notes their food allergy or using a lunch bag that specifies what their food allergies are so there’s never any confusion.

Source: foodallergy.org

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