Allergy experts discuss how children with allergies can attend school safely
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. (WRSP) —
One in every 13 children in the United States is suffering with food allergies. That’s two children per classroom, according to the Food Allergy Research and Education Incorporation.
In order to alleviate parents' concerns before their child begins school, the Kids with Food Allergies Foundation held a Facebook live forum.
Dr. Michael Pistner, a pediatric allergist, was on hand to answer anyone’s questions. He also conducted a demonstration on how to use an EpiPen.
During the open conversation, Pistner stressed how important is was for parents to fill out the proper forms for their child’s allergies.
He also discussed the importance of talking to the school about options for children and how to ensure they can safely eat in the cafeteria.
“People who are serving and preparing food for children with food allergies need to know how to read the label, they also need to know about ingredients,” said Dr. Pistner. “People who clean need to know about cross contact and how to prevent cross contact.”
The Kids with Food Allergies Foundation said it is important to check with your school on their allergy programs. This will help ensure your child is ready to begin this school year safely.