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Schools should stock epinephrine for kids with allergies

Aug 17, 2017, Allergic Living: Back-to-School with Food Allergies: 7 Must-Have Tools https://allergicliving.com/2017/08/17/back-to-school-with-food-allergies-7-must-have-tools/ In U.S. schools, all students with a medical condition should have an IHCP or Individual Health Care Plan. Beyond that document is the individualized 504 Plan, which includes measures to ensure that students with “disabilities” have equal access to education in public schools. Many food-allergic students have 504 Plans, and Allergic Living highly recommends seeking one for strong clarity on accommodations – from the class to the lunchroom to the bus to the field trip. Read about how to get one here. … A 2014 study identified 900 episodes of anaphylaxis occurring across 5,700 U.S. schools in the 2013-2014 academic year. About one-fifth of the students who reacted were not previously known to have food or sting allergies, and 49 percent of the total group were treated with a school-supplied epinephrine auto-injector. While your allergic student needs to have auto-injectors at school, also ask about whether the school is keeping stock epinephrine. Epinephrine saves lives. For more information, see this article … Be sure to have a plan with school administrators and your student about where epinephrine auto-injectors will be kept. Given the need for quick-acting in an anaphylactic emergency, it’s wise to have the injectors with the student (or with a teacher with young children). Remind tweens and teens that the locker is NOT an appropriate place to keep auto-injectors, as that’s behind a lock and the student may be at a distance.