Child Allergies: What you need to know this School Year

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Tess Spacil first realized she has food allergies when she was in second grade. She was eating dinner when she noticed a scratchy throat and shortness of breath. Her dad suspected seasonal allergies, but as her symptoms got more serious he took her to the hospital. Tess found out she’s allergic to soy, peanuts, shellfish and tree nuts.

According to Dr. Joyce Rabbat of Loyola University Medicine, 1-2 children per classroom suffer from a food allergy. When children go off to school, there’s more potential for cross-contamination and allergic reactions. Doctor Rabbat says it’s important to take steps to protect your child.

If your child suffers from food allergies, you should follow these tips to keep them safe at school.

  • Tip #1: Keep an accurate list of your child’s allergies
  • Tip #2: Have 2 EpiPens ready
  • Tip #3: Create a Food Allergy Action Plan

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