Sending your child with food allergies to school

Sending your child with food allergies to school

Being a parent of a child with food allergies can be daunting. When it comes to sending them to school, where their nutrition is out of your control, can be even worse. Common food allergies that children have, according to the NHS include:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

Although many other foods have been known to trigger an anaphylactic shock.

How to cope

There are ways which allow you and your child to have some reassurance while they attend school. By taking the necessary precautions you can create a safe environment for your child.

It’s important to make sure the school faculty are aware of your child’s allergies. This includes; nurses, canteen staff, teachers, and the headteacher. This allows you to be aware of the school’s system when taking care of an allergic reaction. In turn, you can have peace of mind while your child is away at school. Having good communication between staff and parents is beneficial in so many ways.

Making pre-packed food for your child is a great start. Mistakes can happen, and while kitchens adhere to strict standards, by managing what your child eats, you at least know that you’ve minimised the risk of ingestion. If your child is younger, by giving specialist snacks to your child’s teacher, you enable them to feel more integrated into the classroom.

Being prepared

Medication will need to be given to the acting school nurse. This supply of emergency medication should include an EpiPen. A legislation came into effect in October 2017 which allows schools in the UK to have spare adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs). The AAIs give a dose of adrenaline in the event of a severe allergic reaction, which could be life-saving. It’s especially important to inform the school if your child is at risk of an anaphylactic shock. Making sure you give permission to the staff to administer medicine is also vital. If staff are made aware they can be trained to spot when a child may be having an anaphylactic shock.

Some common symptoms of a food allergy include:

  • An itchy sensation inside the mouth, throat or ears
  • A raised, itchy, red rash
  • Swelling of the face, around the eyes, lips, tongue, and roof of the mouth
  • Vomiting

Posters around the school are another way to inform pupils as well as the staff information about allergies. Does your child’s school have these in place? If not, why not bring it up with the headteacher? Having posters around can also be a reminder for your child on the dangers. After all, your child’s safety is of paramount importance. Following these steps helps you both. Peace of mind for you, and a relaxed, stress-free environment for your child.

Do you think your child might be suffering from allergies but have never had them diagnosed? Let us help you. London Allergy and Immunology Centre will provide you with the best treatments available, so your allergies don’t get in the way of your life. Book an appointment with us today by calling 02031 433 449 or visit our website.

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