Food allergies are no laughing matter and it doesn't take long for them to become dangerous.
As a parent, it is your job to worry about your child but worrying won’t protect him or her. When you send your child to school, you are giving up control and placing their care in the hands of their teachers and administrators. If your child suffers from a food allergy, going to school could put them at risk for accidental exposure to their allergen.
Here are some tips that will help you alleviate the stress of sending your food-allergic child to school.
Communicate with the school
✓Medication Authorization forms – These forms state if your child can self-carry and/or self-administer medicines at school. These forms are required even if the medicine will be stored and administered by school staff.
✓Special Dietary Meals Accommodation form – You will need this form if your child will be eating meals provided by the school.
✓Emergency Action Plan (EAP) form – This form tells caregivers what to do in case of an allergic emergency.
Visit your child’s doctor before school starts to get the following
✓Special Dietary Needs Accommodation
✓Emergency Action Plan
Meet with the school nurse or school representative before school starts to find out
Make an appointment to meet the teacher to discuss classroom management of food allergies
Teach and encourage your child to build age-appropriate skills to manage food allergies
Periodically check in with your child to ask how they feel at school.
And if your need more helps with your child's allergies, Food allergy concierge is available 24/7 to help you.
During our recent visit to Israel, we really struggled to find food for our son who has anaphylactic level allergies to egg and sesame. We approached both restaurants and hotels and were told they were unable or unwilling to take responsibility for preparing his food.
After learning about Dr. Eliana on-line, we contacted her in the hopes that she could provide a ‘normal’ restaurant experience for our family.
Both she and Shani were meticulous in their preparations with the restaurants to ensure that our son had a wonderful and safe experience.
We truly appreciate their efforts to take care of our son, and to provide us with a lovely vacation experience.
T.M., Chicago, USA
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My children are so grateful that they were able to be with you this Pesach. You made sure that they were so well looked after and they felt so at ease and comfortable with you! You were so amazing and approachable to them! And they LOVED all the food you so amazingly prepared (supervised allergy-free food preparation, managed menus) for them!
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Thank you for delivering our allergy free baked goods to our hotel. We just tasted the focaccia and it was delicious!
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T.G., Philadelphia, PA
"Food Allergy Concierge assisted us with a very helpful, detailed customized allergy card in Hebrew. The Allergy card was extremely helpful for multiple allergies and allowed us to eat safely in several eateries and hotels. Highly recommended.”
G.A. Illinois USA
My family ordered a week's worth of food from Food Allergy Concierge during the most recent lockdown. Having the food on hand, and knowing that it was safe for everyone in the family to eat, helped turn the lockdown into a stay-cation! We were still able to take a break from cooking and worrying, and we look forward to using FAC's services again in the future.
We are so lucky we found this company to help us while our son was traveling. They provided allergy-safe baked goods and delivered them to his hotel so he could have bread and pastries on his month-long Israel trip. It was very easy ordering and communicating his needs. I would definitely use the food allergy concierge again the next time he travels to Israel.