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Food Allergies at School

Big News About Your Kid's School and Food Allergies

You may not know it, but there are no national guidelines for schools when it comes to managing food allergies — until now, that is. Just yesterday, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a comprehensive report that's the first of its kind in the country. The guidelines are still voluntary for schools, but they're superimportant, given that food allergies affect about 4 to 6 percent of kids in the US, and more than 15 percent of children with food allergies have had reactions at school.

The entire report — called "Voluntary Guidelines For Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs" — is pretty extensive but details how schools can effectively prevent and respond to allergic reactions and emergencies.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Schools should identify all children with food allergies through health condition forms or parent interviews.
  • Staff should be able to get to epinephrine autoinjectors quickly and easily.
  • Schools should immediately contact emergency medical services in cases of a major reaction.
  • Administration should provide general training on food allergies to the entire staff and make sure staff can identify food allergens.
  • Children should be supervised closely during mealtimes, and staff should prepare meals separately for children with food allergies.

If you have a tot with food allergies, it's important that you ask your child's school if, or how, it plans to implement the guidelines, so you can rest easy about those little lunches.

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ZenHoneycutt ZenHoneycutt 3 years
WHY are there more food allergies? Why the 400% increase of allergies in 15 years and 265% increase of ER visits due to life threatening allergies? GMOs. Genetically modified foods are foreign proteins that are in 80% of our foods since 1996. They have caused organ damage in animal studies and are sprayed with toxic chemicals Roundup ( glyphosate) which have been scientifically linked to allergies, autism, auto immune disorders, and asthma. Seems unbelievable but think about how much these health condition have skyrocketed since they snuck these foreign proteins and chemicals in our food. Look up GMOs. Go to the blog on Moms Across America or Robyn O'Brien's website or watch Genetic Roulette. We don't have put up with this for the rest of our kids lives. Eat organic. My kids allergies went from life threatening to mild after finding out about GMOs and avoiding them. It is a matter of life or death. Please find out about GMOs.
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