Sending a child with food allergies to school or child care can be scary at first. Giving up some of the control over your child's snacks and meals is hard to do. But, with proper planning, education, and cooperation, your child can have a safe and healthy year at school.
Children as young as 4 or 5 can be taught that they have a part to play in managing their food allergies.
Give your child simple rules such as:
When your child can read, teach him or her how to read labels on packages.
Spend some time at the child care center or school and watch how the staff handles meals and snacks. Find out who chooses the menu and what they serve. Help these people come up with a plan for your child's allergy. You can also:
The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) offers resources to help develop a policy for managing food allergies at your school. See the Be a Pal Program materials or "Guidelines for Managing Students with Food Allergies," available from FAAN:
Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN)
11781 Lee Jackson Highway, Suite 160
Fairfax, VA 22033-3309