A School Nurse’s Perspective on How to Keep your Child With Food Allergy Safe at School
All schools have a duty to provide a safe environment for children and to act appropriately in an emergency. We know that nearly six million children have a food allergy-which equates to approximately two per classroom! Additionally, according to the CDC, food allergies have dramatically increased since 1997 and many individuals do not have their epinephrine with them at all times. So, schools need to be prepared to handle allergic reactions-not only in the child with a known allergy, but with those who have not yet been diagnosed.
My passion and advocacy for protecting students with food allergies in school came about because I had to make a decision to give a student another student’s epinephrine auto-injector when the student was suffering from severe anaphylaxis and paramedics had not yet arrived and unfortunately, he had no previous history of anaphylaxis so had no…
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