have you got your allergy action plan ready?

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Wow thank you so much for your responses to my post on Anaphylaxis last week. I learnt so much from your own experiences and allergies. I didn’t realise that people could be allergic to perfume or have a severe reaction to common fruits like bananas and strawberries. I also was saddened to hear that some of you have struggled with school and other people’s attitudes.

With school going back it is so important to have an allergy action plan prepared and in writing for your school. According to the new website anaphylaxis101.com.au the most important thing that parents of a child with a severe allergy need to do before school starts is work out an anaphylaxis management plan. This covers staff training, educating students, management of high risk situations and detailed information on how to minimise risk at school. The anaphylaxis management plan may also include having life-saving medicines on hand in case of an anaphylactic emergency, such as an adrenaline auto-injector if you have one. This is signed off by your treating doctor as well. You can also find a great 10 point plan which you can find here if you need more help in getting ready for school.

Some other great advice that came out of your comments was no sharing, making sure the school really enforces a no sharing rule and making sure that your children know that they can’t share food with other students.

Something else that surprised me and that I didn’t think about is that by banning foods that your child is severely allergic to you, you do need to let your child know what that food looks like. That hadn’t really occurred to me. In order to be aware and stay away from it you need to know what it looks like. Some readers told me that people don’t realise that almond meal comes from almonds and almonds are a nut. So easy to make something gluten free using almond meal but you’ve got to follow the schools nut free policy so don’t forget.

Some great tips from my readers are to tell everyone (even if you think you are being annoying) wherever you go and food is involved. Melany says when she orders lunch for her daughter through the online canteen system a picture of her daughter comes up with her allergies and the canteen will go through the lunch order and make sure that everything is safe. One day the electricity went out and they rang Melany at home to ask her what they could make for her, ducked out to the supermarket, got the ingredients and made her a safe sandwich. Kate is an assistant principal and said that at her school the action plans are clearly visible in the admin area and classroom and staff are trained each year. Her advice is give the school as much information as possible. And another great tip from my readers was to never become complacent. That can be when accidents happen.

So thank you everyone, it’s definitely a topic that a lot of you have experience and have taught me about. Hopefully those of us who don’t have children with allergies but do have children starting school have also learnt something. You can find out more at the website www.anaphylaxis101.com.au . And with all that talk of back to school, I better get name labels on all the uniforms and get keira’s school supplies.

Comments

  1. Aahh..no! I still have to get new allergy and ashthma plans organised for two (in fact anaphylaxsis x3 here). When you’re dealing with autism though, the anaphylaxsis and asthma feel like a walk in the park (though I know its not). Must get on to this. I’m so behind with the school prep. Thanks for the post, its great to spread awareness about how serious the effect of a food allergy can be. I also find I start to get complacent when there hasn’t been a reaction for a while.

    • I still have to get my asthma plan signed off so don’t worry! my little boy has been so great but I’m sure it will be that one cold day when he needs it:)

  2. These articles have been great and you have certainly opened my eyes. I don’t have children yet and I’m not meaning to play devil’s advocate – I’m just curious. What if your child is allergic or intolerant to gluten and/or dairy and their diet is based on Paelo? So almond milk, baked goods are made up of “flour” from a nut source, etc. That makes up a large part of their nutrition and if there is a “nut ban” in your child’s class or school, it makes it very difficult to still provide your child with a nutritious lunchbox. As I have an auto-immune disease, I have been reading up on Paelo and Gluten Free diets to try and better my health.

    • I have a friend who’s child is coeliac and her theory has always been to send food that her child can eat safely at school but which won’t endanger another child’s life. She saves food with nuts for afternoon tea/breakfast/dinner. My daughter is tree-nut anaphylaxis and I have made snacks that are safe for both :) There have been a number of lunch box ideas posted around the web the past few days that look paleo but didn’t seem to have a lot of nuts. If you were interested you could check out lovely little coconuts. quirky cooking and natural new age mum. Also, you can make baked goods on the paleo eating plan that use coconut flour I think?

      • thanks Melissa:) I knew someone would have the answer! I have coconut flour and oil in my pantry and I think the coconut oil is an acquired taste but we love the flour especially in cookies and cakes:)

        • Thanks! I knew there would be a solution – was just curious to know what it was! I will check out lovely little coconuts. quirky cooking and natural new age mum. Thanks for the tips!

  3. Such a great post Corrie. I know at my school we have all of the action plans in our offices, sick bay, classroom, yard duty folders etc, but it’s still so important for the parents to pop in and have a chat to the teacher as well as you often find out things that haven’t been included in the action plan. I taught a girl last year who was allergic to kiwi fruit and she had been taught to tell her friends and classmates about her allergy and to make sure she moved away from anyone who had that fruit. It was so important and meant that she also took responsibility for her allergy. :-)

  4. my daughter is coeliac so not anaphylaxis but I always make a point of meeting with her teacher at the beginning of the year and ensuring she is aware has my contact details along with the office and knows I am happy to provide gluten free alternatives.

    • that’s great! yes I’m hoping to keep elodie gluten free at preschool this year and it was only when I thought of birthday cakes that I thought i need to be really careful:)

  5. I’ve been blitzing up seeds and oats in Thermie and using that as an almond alternative, works really well! Sometimes I have to add a little more liquid.

  6. Im lucky my boys are pretty lucky but working in the school has given an allergy to that Glen 20 spray, I cant use the lasies loo as people spray the room as they leave,i wheeze and heave all day

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