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My child has a peanut allergy and is starting kindergarten next week. How are schools dealing with kids with food allergies in school?

 

A:

In order to prevent kids from having a severe allergic reaction to food, some schools have separate “peanut free” tables in the lunch room, in order to keep those with peanut allergies safe from any cross contamination.  Other schools may have a policy that the kids cannot bring any food that contains peanuts in it.  This policy is in some pre-schools or private kindergartens due to the fact that younger children are more likely to share food because they do not understand the dangers of an allergic reaction to peanuts.

Schools are also educating and training the teachers to be more aware of the importance of prompt action if an allergic reaction occurs. 

In terms of when schools are faced with a child that has a severe allergic reaction to food, some schools may supply the school nurses with EpiPens in case of an emergency.

Since your child has a peanut allergy, you can contact the school and school nurse to make sure they are aware of your child’s allergy.  You should also discuss the school’s safety polices, if any, pertaining to kids with food allergies, i.e., separate tables for kids with peanut allergies, availability of EpiPens, etc.

If you have other questions, feel free to contact us at 877.944.8396.

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