Published on Jan 30, 2013 with 37 comments
It is imperative that parents of food allergic children take extra precautions in preventing the accidental exposure or ingestion of allergenic foods while at school. While most exposures are accidental, they do happen with some frequency, so teachers and schools administrators need to have specific instruction and the tools ( antihistamines and Epipens) to treat an allergic reaction.
Kudos to the the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network for providing, free of charge, a critical document called a Food Allergy (Anaphylaxis) Action Plan. This document should be filled out by the parents and physician of every severely food allergic child and presented to the child’s teacher one the first day of school.
Every child’s allergies are different and there will be variations in the aggressiveness of the action plan should a reaction occur. This form allow one’s physician to design a plan based on the child’s previous reactions, degree of allergy, and the potential for a subsequent reaction.
The form is available by clicking this link: https://www.foodallergy.org/files/FAAP.pdf
Check out TheOnlineAllergist.com for more information and tools from board certified allergists.