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Daniel More, MD

How Effective Are Schools At Treating Food Allergy Reactions?

By December 24, 2012

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If your child were to experience an allergic reaction caused by a food allergy, how well would they be taken care of? Unfortunately, it is not likely that the situation would be handled correctly. Most schools have severe shortcomings when it comes to having effective strategies in place for dealing with children who suffer from food allergies. For example, injectable epinephrine is underused in the treatment of allergic reactions -- even when it is available for use. Most allergic reactions at school occur outside of the cafeteria -- they occur in the classroom and on the playground -- and therefore schools must be prepared to treat allergic reactions anywhere on school grounds. Nearly 25% of allergic reactions at school requiring the administration of epinephrine occur in children who were not known to have a history of food allergies. Therefore, there is a desperate need for standardized treatment protocols for allergic reactions to be in place in public school systems.

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