Living With Food Allergies

Preparing for School with Food Allergies and Asthma

Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America hosted a free educational webinar on July 1, 2014 featuring guest speakers David Stukus, MD and Michael Pistiner, MD. The presentation below answers common questions about how your allergist can help with back to school planning.

Topics covered in this video:

  • What information do I need from my child's doctor to give to the school?
  • How should I start preparing my young child for kindergarten?
  • Do I need to provide the school with epinephrine auto-injectors if the school has stock epinephrine?
  • How old does my child need to be to self-carry an epinephrine auto-injector or asthma inhaler at school?
  • Is a food allergy emergency care plan good enough?
  • What can I do about pets or other allergens or asthma triggers in the classroom? On the school campus?
  • How should food allergy bullying be addressed?
  • What are some examples of reasonable accommodations for preschool?
  • Is it reasonable to ask classrooms to be free of food?


Epinephrine Auto-Injectors for the Treatment of Anaphylaxis
Get discount information, links to training videos, a comparison of the different brands available and more.

Stock Epinephrine State Laws (Leave KFA website)
Use the interactive map to find out whether your state has passed stock epinephrine legislation and take action if your state has pending legislation.

CDC Guidelines for Schools and Early Education Centers
The CDC created guidelines for schools and early childhood education programs to help them manage the risk of food allergies and severe allergic reactions in children.

Daycare / Babysitter Drop-Off Emergency Care Form
For kids who are school-age, most doctors or school districts have their own emergency action plan forms that will need to be filled out by your physician. For kids who are younger, feel free to use KFA’s Drop-Off Form.

Partnering with Your School Nurse
Learn how to partner with your school nurse to prepare for a safe school year! (webinar video archive)

Teal Classroom™ Kit (includes printable PDF)
A Teal Classroom™ encourages being safe and inclusive for everyone with food allergies. Our Teal Classroom Kit contains resources for teachers and other staff to raise food allergy awareness at school. Share this guide with your school nurse or your child's teacher.

Asthma and Food Allergy
Dr. Dave Stukus explains the symptoms and treatments for asthma vs food allergy. (webinar video archive)

Food Allergy Training Modules for School Staff (Leave KFA website)
AllergyHome offers online training videos to use for school staff training on the topic of food allergy.

Nut-Free Points to Ponder (Leave KFA website)
Blog post by Dr. Mike Pistiner on the AllergyHome blog. He covers the issues surrounding allergen restrictions.

Living Confidently with Food Allergy Handbook (Leave KFA website)
A free, easy to use, handbook designed to give parents the tools to keep their children with food allergies safe and happy while addressing their emotional needs. This fact based guide was reviewed by internationally recognized food allergy experts. This American and Canadian collaboration was led by Anaphylaxis Canada and is available online and in PDF.


KFA member Malique, age 8, heading to school

Medical review July 2014.