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    • School Preparedness for Students with Severe Food Allergies
    • School Preparedness for Students with Severe Food Allergies
      Nuts, Dairy, Gluten, Soy… any commonality?
      Yes! All are allergens!
      Allergy or Intolerance?
      Symptoms are common for both.
      6 - 8% of elementary students are affected
      18% Increase in past decadein cases
    • Problem statement
      Due to the rise of food allergies – severe or otherwise – in young children, it is imperative that elementary schools protect their students’ health.
    • What you need to know…
      • Food allergies are more prevalent in children
      • They are sometimes “outgrown”
      • 4 out of every 100 children has a food allergy
      • Increased risk for developing other allergies
      • Children with coexisting allergies are more prone to anaphylaxis and death
      • 3.9% of children under 17 affected
    • This means that…
    • Tell Me More…
      • No significant difference between genders
      • More likely to affect non-Hispanic children
      • 84% of food reactions happen in schools
      • Most schools do not use the current Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network’s (FAAN) Food Allergy Action Plan
    • What is FAAN?
      The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network’s Food Allergy Action Plan, or FAAN, is a government supported guideline for food allergy safety.
      This includes (and is not limited to) :
      • Schools be knowledgeable about current state and district policy and law
      • Include students with food allergies in school activities
      • Inform staff of the nature of the allergy
    • How does this affect them?
      According to recent studies:
      Rise in food allergy related bullying at schools
      34% of parents say school attendance has been affected by the allergy
      25% of first time reactions occur in schools
    • Research Purpose
      The goal of this research is to understand what makes a school’s food allergy preparation plan successful in ensuring student safety.
    • Significance of the Study
      This study is important because…
      For parents, to provide them with an insight into school safety
      measures to assure their child is not exposed to allergens;
      For schools, to raise awareness of practices and policies for the
      treatment of students with food allergies.
    • Conclusion
      What we found:
      • Food allergies are on the rise in young children
      • Schools are underprepared to handle emergency reactions and overall safety of students
      • Food safety is a major concern in schools
      • Most schools do not enact the FAAN recommended plan
      • More needs to be done to educate parents, teachers, staff and students
    • Bibliography
      Aleccia, J. (2010, September 28). Peanut menace? bullies use food to torment allergic kids. Retrieved from
      Branum, A.M., & Lukacs, S.L. (2008). Food allergy among u.s. children: trends in prevalence and hospitalizations. NCHS Data Brief, (10), Retrieved from http://
      Gelfand, J.L. (2009). Is it a food allergy or intolerance?. Retrieved from http://
      Lowry, F. (2010, September 29). Kids with food allergies often harassed and bullied. Retrieved from
    • Bibliography, cont.
      Powers, J., Bergren, M.D., & Finnegan, L. (2007). Comparison of school food allergy emergency plans to the food allergy and anaphylaxis network’s standard plan. he Journal of School Nursing , 23(5), Retrieved from content/23/5/252.abstract doi: 10.1177/10598405070230050301
      School guidelines for managing students with food allergies. (2009, November 10). Retrieved from guidelines
      The facts about the increase of allergic disease in children. (2008, July). Retrieved from id=118&title=the_rise_in_childhood_food_allergies