Managing Food Alleriges at School

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: If your child has been diagnosed with a food allergy, what do you need to do to prepare them for school?
Air Date: 9/4/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Jennifer Kim, MD
jennifer kimDr. Kim is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in Division of Pediatric Allergy & Immunology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Jaffe Food Allergy Institute. She earned her MD from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed internship at St. Louis Children's Hospital at Washington University and finished residency in pediatrics at Children's Memorial Hospital, where she also completed fellowship in Allergy/Immunology. Dr. Kim stayed on as faculty at Children's where she served as the division's Clinical Practice Director for 5 years before joining Mount Sinai. She has a special interest in food allergy and is currently a co-investigator in research protocols exploring new therapeutic modalities using extensively heated milk and milk oral immuno-therapy combined with anti-IgE therapy.
Managing Food Alleriges at School
It can be very scary to find out that your child has food allergies, especially with instances of kids perishing from just that.

So, if your child has been diagnosed with a food allergy, what do you need to do to prepare them for school?

What kind of information do you need to share with the school,  and what questions should you ask about the school's and teacher's ability to handle any problems?

Should your child learn to be responsible for their own allergy?

Also, what about the other parents whose child is not allergic, but who may be sending in treats, or packing PB&J in their own child's lunch?

It's OK to be nervous about all of the issues and concerns that surround food allergies, because it means you are being cautious.

Dr. Jennifer Kim, MD, and Melanie Cole, MS, help guide you through what types of policies should you ask regarding food-sharing, appropriate snacks, and where the responsibility lies.

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