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February 3, 2006

Is YOUR school nurse prepared?

I read a disturbing article awhile back about a student who suffered a severe peanut allergy reaction. The student smelled peanuts while he was eating lunch at school and later reported to the nurse’s office when he started to have trouble breathing.

The student began reacting after lunch and went to see the school nurse, who was aware of his peanut allergy. The nurse gave the student ibuprofen and released him.

When the reaction continued to worsen, he returned to the office and said he really needed something stronger. He reported that he couldn't breath and his face was flush. The school nurse eventually administered a shot of adrenaline.

Ibuprofen? Why would that be administered in this situation? Look folks, it sure doesn't sound like this school and the nurse were well prepared to handle a food allergy reaction. As far as I know, Ibuprofen is simply NOT used to aid in situations where someone is having difficulty breathing. Wrong solution.

It is our responsibility as parents to make sure that school staff are clear on what the procedure is in case of a food allergy related emergency. This story highlights the need to reinforcement training as well. Don't think the discussions you had with the school nurse back in August are still fresh in her mind.

Let this be a reminder to all of us... continuing education is the key to keeping our food allergic kids safe.

Posted by David at February 3, 2006 8:27 AM


I mentioned this on one of my shows, as well. It's so disturbing. I assume she was an RN.

Posted by: Leslea from allergyware.com at February 9, 2006 12:55 PM