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Recommended School Training: How to CARE for Kids with Food Allergies
Teachers and staff who supervise food-allergic students should receive training on the following:
Comprehending food allergy basics.
The following six statements provide a simple yet comprehensive introduction to the basic medical facts:
Avoiding the Allergen.
Because strict avoidance of the allergen is the only way to prevent reactions, it is crucial that teachers and staff be given practical information on how to make the classroom/lunchroom/playground safe for food-allergic students. Topics to cover include:
Recognizing a Reaction.
Early recognition of symptoms saves lives. Every allergic reaction is different. It is critical for school personnel to know that a child experiencing anaphylaxis may show no skin symptoms whatsoever. The symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction include:
Enacting Emergency Action Plan!
Every school should have its own emergency protocols. Teachers and staff must be taught exactly what to do in the event of an anaphylaxis emergency, particularly what their school’s protocol is for:
Author Maria Laura Acebal is Founder & Director of "safe@school partners" (www.foodallergysmart.org), a nonprofit dedicated to training schools and camps on food allergy safety. Reprinted with permission.
Updated August 2008.
Approved by KFA Medical Advisory Team June 2007.