Kids With Food Allergies: 7 Tips to Keep Them Safe at School by Leila Ward

Kids With Food Allergies: 7 Tips to Keep Them Safe at School

A new school year is just around the corner and every fall, without fail, I become terrified of sending my sweet boy to school. My son has food allergies and sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night covered in a cold, anxiety-induced sweat. After two years of preschool, kindergarten and first grade, it doesn't get any easier. I know I am not alone. Here are some tips that have helped me over the years. Hopefully they will help you and your child ease into the upcoming school year: 

  • Meet with your child's principal over the summer and discuss ways the school keeps children with allergies safe.
  • Get all paperwork filled out by your child's doctor/allergist before school starts.
  • Drop off paperwork and prescriptions the week before school begins.
  • Meet with the school nurse to learn about emergency procedures.
  • Make an appointment with the cafeteria manager and let him or her show you how the staff keeps children safe during lunch.
  • Talk to your child's teacher to discuss classroom management of food allergies.
  • Teach and encourage your child to understand his or her allergies and how to manage them.

Good luck, mamas! You are not alone.

Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
Thank you for bringing attention to this important issue and for this helpful advice, Leila Ward ! Welcome to the 30Seconds tribe!
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
How scary! I'm so sorry for this worry you have on a daily basis. Thank you for sharing these great tips and what works for you so other families can benefit. Welcome to #30Seconds - we are so excited to have you as part of our tribe, Leila Ward ! I look forward to more of your insights!!
Leila Ward
So excited to be a part of this community!
Janine Trala
I am so excited to see a fellow Food allergy mom writing about the issues we face. It is definitely a job keeping our little ones safe in school and life but worth it when their first day of school goes by with no allergy issues!!
Leila Ward
Janine, I'm so glad we can connect through 30seconds. Here's to keeping our babies safe!
Nicole DeAvilla
Great info - thanks. Welcome to the tribe Leila Ward ! :)
Katie Sloan
Great tip! Welcome!!!

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