Starting School with Food Allergies

Resources for parents and educators

Starting school is a big step for any child, but it can be even more challenging if your child has a food allergy.

 

 

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Our new book ‘Thai’s Exciting First Week At School’ is a wonderful tool to help your child with the next step in becoming more independent. Discuss the story and the different situations your child may face while at school.

The book is also a great resource for schools and kindergartens to help create awareness and understanding among other students and parents.

When you purchase the book you will receive an emailed checklist of things to consider before your child starts schools, and things you can implement once your child has started school.

 

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The links below are school resources obtained from a variety of trusted allergy organisations around the world. Check which guidelines are current for your country or state, and use those resources to form a care plan for your child.

Questions to ask your chosen school

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  • What policies do you have in place for children with food allergies and anaphylaxis?
  • Where are EpiPens located? In the classroom? In the school office?
    Remember EpiPens need to be close by, and never locked in an office.
  • Where will details of my child’s allergies and Action Plan be displayed?
    In the classroom? In the staff room? At the tuck-shop?
  • Are all teaching staff trained to recognise the signs of anaphylaxis and competent in the use of an auto-injector?
  • Who supervises snack breaks and lunch times? Are those staff aware of which children have allergies?
  • How is information about my child’s allergies passed on to relief staff?
  • Is there a freezer for storing my child’s ‘safe cake’ so my child can be included in birthday celebrations?
  • Do you have a ‘No food and drink sharing policy’ at this school?
  • Do you have a ‘Reminder to wash hands before and after eating’ at this school?
  • Do you have any food bans at this school? How are these monitored?
  • Are craft supplies, science experiments and cooking lessons monitored for possible allergens?
  • Is food given out in the classrooms as rewards? Do teachers use non-food items like stickers and stationery?
  • Are students and parents educated about food allergies in class and through school newsletters?
  • How can my child be included in Easter and Christmas celebrations?

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questions to ask schools on food allergies

Sample Letters to Educate Parents about                                             Life-Threatening Food Allergies

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Dear Parents

Welcome to another school year!

Food allergies are becoming increasingly common among children, and this year there is a student in your child’s classroom who has a severe allergy to Peanuts. Any exposure to these items, even a tiny amount, could be potentially very serious and life threatening for this child.

We do ask our students and families to help make the school environment safer for all students, by following these simple suggestions:

• Please avoid sending foods such as nuts, peanut butter or nutella sandwiches
to school with your child.

• Please always contact the Classroom Teacher before sending any food for
sharing with the class for special celebrations like birthdays, Easter or Christmas.

• Please remind your child never to share his/her food and drinks with
other students.

• Please wash your child’s face and hands thoroughly before they leave home,
especially if your child has eaten Peanuts prior to coming to school.

• Please remind your child often to wash their hands before and after eating

We greatly appreciate your support for children with allergies. Together we can make a difference.

Kind regards


Dear Parents

We are committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all of the children in our school.

THERE IS A CHILD IN YOUR CHILD’S CLASSROOM 
WHO HAS A SEVERE FOOD ALLERGY
The food(s) that concern us are:

………………………….NUTS………………………………

While some allergic reactions can be mild, many students with severe food allergies experience serious and potentially life-threatening symptoms from eating food to which they are allergic. You can help by not sending foods into the classroom that contain Nuts.

Other things you can do include:

• If your child has eaten nuts prior to coming to school, make sure they wash
their hands before leaving home.

• Please always contact the Classroom Teacher before sending any food for
sharing with the class for special occasions like birthdays, Easter and Christmas.

• Please remind your child never to share his/her food and drinks with other
students.

We greatly appreciate your support for children with allergies. Together we can make a difference.

Regards

The Class Teacher


Create a management care plan for your child

Arrange a meeting with your child’s teacher and the school nurse to discuss a MANAGEMENT CARE PLAN for your child.

 

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For Teachers and Educators
How to use EpiPen

Changes to instructions on EpiPen® administration 13 June 2017

The devices have not changed, just the instructions on the label, which now include:

  • Reduced injection time from 10 to 3 seconds – this is based on research confirming delivery of adrenaline through the 3 second delivery time.
  • Removal of the massage step after the injection – this has been found to reduce the risk of irritation at the injection site.

A new short video featuring Dr Andrew Rochford, explaining the changes

The Wiggles – Allergy Song

A fun video to share with the class to get children talking about Food Allergies

A great science experiment to try out at school.

It shows why it is important to wash your hands after eating. It will teach children about allergens and cross contamination.
Cross Contamination Experiment – by Jenny

science experiment

Food Allergies and School Poster

The perfect child-friendly poster for schools. Most little preps can’t read! We have designed a poster that students will Food Allergies and school posterunderstand through our images. Our poster will help children become Allergy Aware. Providing colourful reminders about washing your hands after eating, not sharing food at school, including our friends with allergies and informing a teacher if our classmate is having an allergic reaction in the playground.

 

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Insulated EpiPen Bag for School

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– Ideal for storing EpiPens, antihistamine and asthma medication at      school.
– Customised insert allows staff to clearly identify the child, their  allergies, days they attend the centre or school, medication details  including expiry dates.
– Insulated and large enough for two EpiPens!
– As used by the book character Thai in our food allergy book series.

Designed by early childhood professionals to support children at risk  of anaphylaxis, this insulated bag is easily identifiable in an  emergency. The bag is large enough to house an Epipen or Anapen and  antihistamines, yet small enough that it can be safely stored away. The clearly designed label ensures that the correct child’s medication is quickly accessed in an emergency.

Dimensions: 21.5 x 5.5 x 18 cm

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Food Allergy Education for Schools

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Allergy Awareness for Students

Get your school involved in 2017. We have allergy awareness sessions for students.

Start the school year off by educating all students on food allergies and helping your school community be Food Allergy Smart!

What we cover in our sessions:

  • One in ten children have allergies, we discuss what allergies people have heard of
  • We talk about the most common allergens
  • We discuss symptoms of an allergic reaction
  • The importance of having an EpiPen close by
  • We explain why we wash hands and do not share food at school
  • We talk about ways we can help our friends with allergies by including them and informing a teacher if they are sick
  • Every student receives a certificate for attending our food allergy  session
  • We read two stories and have classroom activities available
  • The school receives our Allergy Poster Pack to increase awareness at school

 

Allergy Education for Schools

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School Allergy Pack

School Allergy Pack

  • Educational allergy books x 4
  • 9 Visual Food Allergies & School posters to rise awareness throughout your school
  • Allergies & Me Poster
  • Craft emailed to your school for prep students
  • Further activities emailed to your school
  • Information sheet for parents who enrol a child with allergies – Tips on starting school
  • Certificates emailed to your school or you can add our gloss double-sided A5 certificates to your order
  • Links to teaching points for each book

Schools can order a pack by contacting My Food Allergy Friends below.

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peanuts

 

 

 

common-allergens

 

 

 

cheese