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Back to School Food Allergy Tips

09/09/2016
Pediatric Allergist, Dr. John Leung, provides tips for parents of children with food allergies as the kids head back to school this week. These are great recommendations for any parent to know.
  1. Make sure your child's Epinephrine autoinjectors are not expired.
  2. Make sure your child's food allergy action plan is up-to-date, paying special attention to:
    1. Ensuring the dosage of epinephrine (two doses available) is correct as your kid grow bigger.
    2. Ensuring the emergency contact phone number is current.
    3. If you child has new allergy or has outgrown an allergy, have your allergist update the form accordingly.
  3. Inform or remind your child's school of your child's allergy and the severity of that allergy.
  4. Remind your child to read food labels and to speak up if he or she experiences or suspects a food allergic reaction.
  5. For Epipen or Epipen Jr. users, be aware of the new manufacturer recommendations:
    1. Hold patient’s leg and limit movement during administration.
    2. Injection hold time reduced from 10 seconds to 3 seconds.

Learn more about food allergies and the Pediatric Food Allergy Center at Floating Hospital for Children >