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Managing Food Allergies at School

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Children who were born via C-section are more likely to suffer from food allergies.

Food allergies do not have to be a life-sentence though. Many children grow out of food allergies, specifically milk and egg allergies. Children allergic to peanuts, though, have only a 20 percent chance of outgrowing that allergy.

Living with food allergies, and doing one’s best to reduce any allergic reactions, is the goal.

It is obvious that any person diagnosed with food allergies should strictly avoid that food. The severity of a food allergy reaction and the symptoms it causes can be different between two individuals, but it can also be different for the same person at different times.

Children should know about their allergy and recognize the symptoms of an allergic reaction. In a school setting, teachers and staff should be aware of the food allergies any children have, and should have plans in place to deal with any reactions.

Parents can advocate for their children by informing any caregiver about the allergy and the plan in place, should a reaction occur. If the kids, parents and school staff are proactive in understanding and preparing for possible food allergy reactions, the risk of fatal or life-threatening reactions will decrease.

Sources:

CDC.gov. Web. 8 September 2014. “Food allergies.”
http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/foodallergies

KMUW.org. Web. 4 September 2014. “Managing food allergies in the school system.”
http://kmuw.org/post/managing-food-allergies-school-system

Reviewed September 9, 2014
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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