First ever National Food Allergy Management Guidelines Released for Schools and Childcare Providers!

For those of us who care for children with food allergy, we all know how hard it can be to keep them safe and healthy at school and when under the supervision of others.  Thanks to the efforts of FARE, the National Association of School Nurses, the CDC and other food allergy stakeholders, we now have a new resource that may help us in our efforts to keep kids with food allergy safe: The Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies In Schools and Early Care and Education Programs. 

These guidelines provide practical information and planning steps for parents, district administrators, school administrators and staff, as well as administrators and staff of early childhood programs to develop or strengthen plans for food allergy management and prevention. The new guidelines include recommendations for each of the five priority areas that should be addressed in each school’s or ECE program’s Food Allergy Management Prevention Plan:

--Ensuring the daily management of food allergies in individual children.
--Preparing for food allergy emergencies.
--Providing professional development on food allergies for staff members.
--Educating children and family members about food allergies.
--Creating and maintaining a healthy and safe educational environment.

Since the guidelines themselves are over 100 pages long, the CDC has prepared a handy FAQ and summary document that helps make them more accessible.  This document is definitely worth a look and has a useful table of contents directing readers to information and resources that are particularly targeted to key individuals such as school principals, teachers and food service workers.