Clearly, her school was on the ball and with the food allergy epidemic only growing, they had (unfortunately) been dealing with food allergies in the classroom for years.
The bottom line is that every new school year means taking nothing for granted and in a sense, starting from scratch to make sure we are sending our children to food allergy safe schools.
With 3 food allergy children, we’ve had a lot of experience these last several years working to keep them safe in school. For those who are looking for a down and dirty (and quick) Back to School Food Allergy Checklist, here are the top 5 food allergy tips you’ll see as a central theme throughout food allergy blogs:
Prepare for AllergiesYou don’t want any surprises. Visit your immunologist or pediatrician and make sure your food allergy emergency plan is in order. Arm your child with a food allergy bracelet and the medical and sanitary supplies she will need for school. And of course, make sure your Epipens are not expired.
Communicate with the SchoolMake sure school officials are on board. Communicate early and often. Try to meet with the school administrators, the nurse and your child’s teachers ahead of time to make sure they are fully aware of your child’s needs—especially her specific idiosyncrasies. Share your food allergy emergency plan with school officials and consider sharing pictures of your child’s food allergy reactions as well so that they can properly identify an allergic reaction.
Communicate with Other Parents and ChildrenMany people still don’t appreciate how dangerous food allergies can be. Do your best to build food allergy awareness in your child’s school, and specifically in her class. Prevention is the best form of food allergy protection.
Empower Your ChildIt’s an exciting time! She’s reached a new milestone! Now it’s time to review the food allergy rules with her to make sure her school year is safe and fun:
- Be smart and safe about food.
- Read labels.
- Recognize symptoms to food allergic reactions.
- Speak up when not feeling well.
More Back to School Food Allergy Resources
Thankfully, there are many other people who have been writing about this for even longer than I have, and have some great tips as well. These were some of my favorite blog posts about back to school with food allergies.
- Allergy and Asthma Specialists
- FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education)
- EveryDay Health
- Well and Wise
- Tiffany DeSilva - Bright Fire Healthy Modern Living
- Managing Peanut Allergies
- Kids with Food Allergies
- Kids Health
- Huffington Post
What About You? Is this your first year sending your child with food allergies to school? If you are a seasoned veteran, what are some of your best tips?