Kids & Food Allergies
For parents of children with food allergies, education and communication are key to a successful and safe school year. Creating a partnership between parents, physicians, teachers, the school nurse, coaches, and other school staff is important for food allergy management, as all of them play a role in keeping the classroom and food allergic children safe. Kids spend upwards of 8-10 hours at school away from their parents; therefore, it truly requires a team effort to ensure that this environment is safe for them.
When it comes to food allergies, education is extremely important. In general, understanding the signs of an extreme allergic reaction, or anaphylaxis, can help you recognize the symptoms and call for help. Possible symptoms include:
- throat swelling
- stomach pain
- passing out
No matter the allergy, parents can work with their child’s allergist to create an emergency anaphylaxis plan. This plan should list all of the child’s known allergies, the child’s medication dosage and what to do if the child has an allergic reaction. Once they’ve put this plan together, it can be a tool to educate and share with teachers and caretakers.
Dr. Joel Gallagher, an allergy and immunology specialist at the Allergy and Asthma Center of NC, spoke on Fox 8 House Call about how to prepare children with food allergies for a new school year.