Back to School Allergies
When Jacob Ware had an allergic reaction in his kindergarten class, his teacher and school nurse acted quickly to save his life.
Jennifer Ware, Jacob's Mom says "She administered the shot and I met them at the hospital. So, it was very scary, but the school handled it exactly as they should have."
Jacob's not alone. Nearly six million children have food allergies in the U.S., an average of about two per class.
We spoke with Allergist Dr. Susan Raschal about how to keep students safe at school.
It's important to meet with school administrators and it's also important to also make sure your child is prepared.
Dr. Susan Raschal at Covenant Allergy says "Make sure they have their epi pen, that the school has it and people know how to use it."
Next, make sure you have a written plan that outlines all the necessary information to prevent exposures as well as how to recognize and treat symptoms.
Dr. Susan Raschal says "So, they need to know the warning signs, what does it look like when I get in trouble and that can be different for everybody."
"Dr. Raschal says that while some schools now have a separate table for children with allergies, it's still a good idea for parents to tour their child's cafeteria."
Dr. Susan Raschal says "I also tell parents talk to the cafeteria, let them know not that my child has a food allergy, but my child can die if they eat peanuts, if they eat tree nuts, milk, eggs, whatever it is that the child is allergic to."
Some other tips include posting a picture with allergy information in your child's classroom and packing safe snacks for your child in case someone brings in an allergenic treat for the class.
Dr. Susan Raschal says "So, it's important that everybody is on the same page and aware of it."