Thursday, December 6, 2012

Food Allergies

by Karrie Potter


When your child has a severe or life threatening food allergy it can be scary to let him or her out of your sight. As a parent you quickly learn the importance of training and educating everyone around you on the importance of monitoring everything your child eats, reading labels before offering your child food, and knowing what steps to take should your child have an allergic reaction.  ISBE or the Illinois State Board of Education has multiple wonderful resources on their website including (but not limited to):

 
·         Sample Emergency Action Plans

·         Sample Allergy History Form

·         Sources for Food Allergy Training

 
These resources can be utilized to help parents to create their own Emergency Action Plan that can be shared with family, friends and school staff who work with your child. Your child’s school can keep the form on file or attach to the child’s IEP if they have one.


These resources may be viewed by visiting the following link.
 
http://www.isbe.net/nutrition/htmls/food_allergy_guidelines.htm

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