By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter
SUNDAY, Aug. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If your child has a food allergy, safety prevention belongs at the top of your back-to-school checklist.
"Ensuring that parents and school personnel are all on the same page as far as preventing exposures and treating symptoms is critical to keeping food-allergic children safe," said Dr. B.J. Lanser, director of the Pediatric Food Allergy Program at National Jewish Health in Denver.
"In severe cases, a child doesn't even have to eat a food to have life-threatening anaphylaxis. Just sitting next to a student who has food they're allergic to can trigger a reaction," he noted in a news release.
One child in 13 -- or about two in every classroom -- has a food allergy, Lanser said.
He offers four tips to keep your allergic child safe:
Every student with a food allergy should have emergency medications readily available, including oral antihistamines and an epinephrine autoinjector, Lanser said.
SOURCE: National Jewish Health, news release, August 2018
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• "So my daughter is in a PEANUT FREE ROOM!!! The classroom is but not the school YET. THEY ARE WORKING ON IT!! Anyway. My daughter came home from kindergarten with really rosy cheeks. One of her signs that she was around something. This is the second time this week she came home with something of a rash. I LOVE OUR SCHOOL they are great with this stuff but she has a young NEW teacher and they have a snack. Wondering if the snack has peanut contact. What would you do? I could always take a big bag of SAFE snacks. But I'm not made of money."
• "Our son was only recently diagnosed and finding it quite hard finding foods he can eat and also take to his nut free school! We have found 2 local bakeries in our area that actually make gluten free, dairy free, egg free stuff."
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