Anaphylaxis and School Policies

Karen - posted on 02/10/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Hi, I,m back. The biggest thing here is education. Anaphylaxis refers to developing and serious allergic reaction that affects a number of different areas of the body at one time. Severe anaphylactic reactions can be fatal.

Most people experience allergy symptoms only as a minor annoyance.

However, a small number of people are susceptible to a reaction that can lead to shock or even death. (info. from medicinenet.com)

1% adults and 3% children have clinically proven true allergic reactions to food. There is a difference between food allergy and food intolerance.

For schools to ban food parents should provide a letter from their allergist stating the child has a life threatening allergy to that food.

Blood and Skin Tests are the most common tests to verify allergies.

Because of the minute amount of residue that can cause anaphylaxis to peanuts many schools have become peanut aware. It is impossible to guarantee a peanut free environment. Encourage peanut and peanut butter alternatives that do not have peanuts or tree nuts in them. Tree nuts are avoided because they are often cross contaminated by peanuts where they are processed. You also can be tree nut allergic instead of peanut allergic and the same can happen.

In Canada there is what is called Sabrina's Law. The Ministry of Education put a law in place so that all schools within the many Boards of Education had an anaphylaxis policy. It has gone way beyond that.

There has been food banning and discouraging for allergies that do not cause anaphylaxis only an allergic response.

Who's responsibility is it to educate anaphylaxis? The parent?, The Allergist?, The school? I merely want to let people know about a schoolsafeproduct that will not cause peanut anaphylaxis to a child diagnosed with a life threatening allergy to peanuts. Life threatening allergies to soy are rare.

We also have Obesity concerns. With Schools Banning good, whole natural foods that kids like and have every right to take to school but becuase of the lack of understanding and the passing of the buck - liability issues - they just keep on banning, banning, banning. Kids eat sugar to satisfy for the moment, they get hungry and eat sugar again. They need natural whole foods that satisfy.

You know what! There is no law about what food you take to school but I have every confidence that you will not send peanuts in a peanut aware school and I know you should have choices all kids have special needs.

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