Back to school – Parents as Advocates


Posted 9.15.11 | Christine Graham-Garo

School is back in session and we thought it would be a great time to share with you how to make school a safer place for your child with food allergies.

Befriend the school nurse. Take your child to meet the nurse, so they can build a relationship and your child will feel more comfortable going to them.  Also, make sure to provide the nurse with all the emergency medications needed for your little one.

Talk with your child’s teacher.Set up a one-on-one meeting to provide your little one’s teacher with a Food Allergy Action Plan (FAAP), available for download from the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network’s (FAAN’s)website.  You may only have a few minutes with your child’s teacher, so be thorough.

 Bring back up treats.This way there will always be safe food for your child to enjoy whenever the school has an event with food. 

Encourage extra-curricular activities.  Don’t avoid birthday parties, play-dates, or sports because of food allergies. These activities are important for your child’s social development and can help them grow into a happy and well rounded individual. Just by doing some extra leg work, nothing should hold you or your child back.

 For more information about going back to school with food allergies check out some of our previous blog entries which discuss 504 Plans and Individual Health Plans (IHP). These plans are vital for your child’s safety and were developed through a collaborative approach with parents, school staff, the school nurse, and healthcare providers.

 For even more great back-to-school resources, check out the FAAN website on food allergies and school.

 -Christine

 

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