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January 19, 2007

More Ideas for a Food Allergy Safe School Environment

Here are a few more ideas to think about for a safe school environment for your child with a severe peanut allergy.

> Establish a peanut free zone. Identify a table or two in the cafeteria or classroom where not peanut products are allowed. Mark the zone with brightly colored signs.

> Ask that no peanut butter sandwiches or other foods with peanut derivatives are sold in the cafeteria of schools where students are allergic. Other kids can pack peanut butter in their lunch, they just cannot eat in the peanut free zone.

> Have a special sticker, color, or symbol identifying a food allergy on the student's identification card. Make it eye catching enough so that a bored cafeteria worker doesnt just plop down some food item on your child's plate without thinking.

> Practice potentially unsafe situations with your child. Walk through actions that could accidently expose them to peanut products. Help he/she learn how to stay safe. It will raise his/her confidence and your level of comfort when he/she is at school.

Posted by David at January 19, 2007 5:11 AM