Back to School: Protecting Children from Dangerous Food Allergies | Health

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Back to school can be stressful for parents of children living with food allergy.

Parents can help reduce fear and anxiety by following some safety tips from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

School districts may have different policies to keep schools safe for children with allergies.

If you’re the parent of one of the nearly 3 million children who suffer from allergies, meet with your child’s school teacher and nurse to explain your child’s food triggers. If necessary, you can give cafeteria staff a photo of your child and request allergen-free meals.

Obtain a note from your child’s doctor that allows your child to keep emergency allergy medication at school.

It’s not just lunch you need to worry about, you should also consider class projects, field trips and parties. Send safe snacks with your child for parties in class or ask the teacher to limit parties to non-food items, such as stickers and crayons.

About 90% of allergic reactions in children occur because of allergies to peanuts, eggs, milk, wheat, tree nuts and soy, according to the academy.

Reactions to consuming a food allergen may include hives, swelling, upset stomach, or a serious and life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis.

More information

The US Food and Drug Administration has more on food allergy.

SOURCE: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, press release

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