Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Back to School with Food Allergies: Resources for Educating Others

Many of us are heading back to school with food allergies and are looking for easy ways to educate others about what food allergies are and how to manage them. The following video, hosted by Dr. Scott Sicherer, a leading allergist and researcher at Mt. Sinai hospital and the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute, was sent to me by Nut-Free Mom reader Kelly O. She uses the video for teaching relatives and her child's teachers all about food allergies-- this short video is really useful, clear and informative. Thanks again, Kelly!

Another great resource for school  is this free downloadable tutorial offered by FAAN, The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. Allergy Ready (TM) is tailored to helping schools learn about food allergy and how to reduce risk of reaction; it also teaches emergency procedures. Forward it to your district nurse, school health aide, child's teacher or anyone who needs concise and accurate information on managing food allergies at school.

Are you a parent of a child newly diagnosed with nut allergies (peanut or tree nut?) My short e-book offers a guide to navigating the parenting challenges that go hand in hand with this condition. It also includes advice on educating others, including teachers, family and friends, all in a concise and easy-to-use format. Click here to learn more!

School presents challenges, no doubt about it, but educating others about food allergies goes a long way in getting everyone up to speed.

For more Nut-Free Mom articles on food allergies and school, click here.


Jen Seiderer said...

Thank you so much for posting this video! I recently had a terrible experience with my in-laws during a shared vacation. They refused to acknowledge the seriousness of my son's peanut allergy and insisted on bringing unsafe food into the house, so we had to leave early. I'm currently not speaking to any of them, but I'm going to send them this video.

Caryn Talty said...

Thanks for sharing your tips for parents on how to educate others about food allergies in school. August is always the most stressful time of year for parents with food allergies kids. I wanted to share another resource for teachers too. It's free to download: cilie-yack.org/just-for-teachers/136-classroom-food-allergy-safety-lessons.html