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A basic teaching tool for preschool and school-age children to learn skills for self-advocacy and self-care when living with food allergies, specifically FPIES.

A basic teaching tool for preschool and school-age children to learn skills for self-advocacy and self-care when living with food allergies, specifically FPIES.

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For Kids: Step up to FPIES Safety in Schools!

  1. 1. STEP Up to FPIES School Safety!
  2. 2. “S” is for Safety First!  What are the first steps to school safety with FPIES?     Follow directions in the allergy action plan, if you have one Let your teachers know about any changes to your list of allergies if there are any Only eat foods that you know are safe. Do not be afraid to ask about ingredients if you are unsure! Be aware of “trigger foods” around you-- be aware that some art materials and sensory play materials may contain food ingredients
  3. 3. “T” is for Talk to an Adult!  TALK to an adult if:   If you think you accidentally ate something unsafe If you ate something that you haven't trialed yet and are unsure if it is safe or not  If your body starts to feel like you are having a reaction  If you are sick in the bathroom and need help The adult can follow the plan you have in place for reactions once he/she knows something is wrong. Do not be afraid to speak up!
  4. 4. “E” is for Educating Others!  Educating or teaching others about FPIES by:     Bringing FPIES rack cards or awareness cards to the school nurse and teachers Explaining to your teacher what foods are safe for you If another kid asks about FPIES, explain to him/her how FPIES affects you If you are unsure of ways to talk about FPIES with others, go to this link to learn more: www.fpiesfoundation.org/kids-talking-to-friends-and-family/
  5. 5. “P” is for Planning Ahead!  Plan ahead to help you stay safe by:     Having special safe treats on hand for school parties Packing a lunch of safe foods each day or learn about what safe foods you can get in the cafeteria Keeping emergency information about FPIES and your own trigger foods near you—some kids keep an emergency card in their pocket, some wear medical ID bracelets, etc. If you have any medications prescribed for you to use during a reaction, it is important to know where these are For more: www.fpiesfoundation.org/school-support-for-kids/
  6. 6. Remember to STEP Up to Safety!  “S”-- Safety first!  “T”-- Talk to an Adult  “E”-- Educate others-- kids and teachers!  “P”-- Plan ahead! When you know the steps to safety, you can help to keep your school days as healthy and fun as possible! For more resources and information, please visit: www.fpiesfoundation.org/a-foundation-for-kids/
  7. 7. Remember to STEP Up to Safety!  “S”-- Safety first!  “T”-- Talk to an Adult  “E”-- Educate others-- kids and teachers!  “P”-- Plan ahead! When you know the steps to safety, you can help to keep your school days as healthy and fun as possible! For more resources and information, please visit: www.fpiesfoundation.org/a-foundation-for-kids/

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