The Food Allergic Child and the School

On Monday January 7th, 2013 I was invited to speak to a large group of school nurses about food allergy. The title was ‘The Food Allergic Child and the School’. For those unable to attend, just click on the title. That should direct you to Google Documents. The slides should be available to anyone using this link (please let me know if this does not work).

My planned 45 minute lecture went on for 90 minutes. It was a wonderful group to talk to on this topic. They were attentive, they asked great questions, and it was a pleasure to do this for the Hamilton Southeastern School System. The request for a speaker came to Indiana University Health. We wanted this to be an interactive session. The participants submitted questions and concerns. I used these to guide my talk. The slides that have the torquoise highlighting are the items that focused on the questions. This was an evidenced-based presentation. Information from The Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy and the Clinical Report Management of Food Allergy in the School Setting, , was used for the presentation.

I want to thank Hamilton Southeastern School System for the invitation and the opportunity to share this information.

FEL 1-8-2013

January 8, 2013 · fleickly · 2 Comments
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2 Responses

  1. Jen - January 13, 2013

    Thank you for sharing this information and working with local schools, Dr. Leickly!

    We are extremely concerned about our son going into first grade next year and having to deal with lunch at school for the first time (he has life-threatening allergies to peanuts and some tree nuts). His elementary school does not believe in having separate “allergy tables” because of possibly social repercussions for the allergic child. But this is concerning for us as our son is only six and does not grasp the severity of his condition. We would not be surprised if he would accept unsafe food offered from a friend, for example.

    What are your recommendations in this area (allergy tables)? Also, are there schools that you are aware of that are particularly vigilant in allergies and/or peanut-free? Thank you so much for your time!

  2. fleickly - January 14, 2013

    It is interesting that social concerns outweigh safety. The peanut safe table is something that allergists have lobbied for. The table is not in some other building, it is close-by the child can have peanut safe friends eat with them. There are guidelines for this from FAAN, the Academy of Pediatrics, and the Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Try to work with the school, I am would be surprised if your child was the only one with a food allergy at the school.
    I hope this helps,
    Thanks for posting,
    FEL 1/14/2013