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Nutritional Guidelines Keeping Kids Safe

Anaphylaxis management is a shared responsibility among allergic students, parents, caregivers and the entire school or childcare community. Teachers and staff can help to reduce risks and create an allergy-safe environment for all students by following certain guidelines.

Identifying kids at risk:

  • Administrators should collect information about a student’s medical condition at the time of registration.
  • All staff including supply or substitute teachers must be aware of students with a severe allergy and have access to their allergy information.
  • Information about children with life-threatening allergies should be readily available.
  • Students at risk should wear medical identification such as a MedicAlert® bracelet.

Anaphylaxis Canada (www.anaphylaxis.ca) and The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (www.foodallergy.org) in the United States have resource guides specific to school programs.

School Anaphylaxis Plans

All schools should have a comprehensive written School Anaphylaxis Plan which clearly defines roles and responsibilities based on:

  • Respect for others
  • Sound medical information
  • Good avoidance strategies
  • Staff training
  • Realistic expectations of what the school community can do to safeguard allergic students.

 

In Elementary Schools

Many elementary schools have adopted different practices to reduce the risk of food-related allergic reactions such as:

  • A ‘no sharing’ policy for food-allergic children.
  • Procedures for proper hand washing and clean-up to be monitored by lunch supervisors.
  • Some schools have appealed to the community to keep peanut butter and other peanut/tree nut products out of the school.
  • Some schools require that children who bring peanut/tree nut products to school eat lunch at a designated table in the lunchroom or ask that food-allergic children sit at a table that has been designated ‘allergy-safe’.

Strategies to reduce the risk for other food allergens (e.g., milk, egg, sesame) and stinging insect allergy are usually developed in consultation with school staff, nurses (where available) and parents/guardians of allergic children.

Keeping Food-allergic Kids Safe

Peanut Allergy Do’s:

  • Always wash hands before and after eating
  • Get help from an adult if you are worried about an allergic child
  • Always watch out for things that could make an allergic child sick

Peanut Allergy Don’ts:

  • Never make fun of kids with food allergies
  • Don’t share food with a food-allergic child
  • Never bring snacks to school that could make an allergic child sick
  • Don’t share straws, forks, knives or spoons

Tips for a Nut-Free Lunch at School

At Treasure Mills, we’re committed to providing delicious, better-for-you choices that help you live a balanced life. Our brands are easy ways to incorporate good products into your busy lifestyle. Discover tasty selections that are allergen sensitive, peanut free, have no trans fats, low in cholesterol and much more. Now that’s feel good food – inside and out!

  • Choose Treasure Mills  and other products that are clearly labeled as nut/peanut free
  • Consider a selection of other nut/peanut-free snacks like dried fruit, cheese, yogurt, and fresh fruits
  • Ask your child’s school to provide an approved list of safe snacks and foods
  • Take your child grocery shopping and let them choose the nut/peanut free snacks and foods they prefer for lunchtime
  • Encourage your child to always eat their lunch and avoid sharing food with other children

Remember, ingredients and manufacturing processes can change, so always read the label, every time to make the most informed choices for your child’s lunch.