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How to make a Food Allergy Action Plan

If you or someone you love has a life-threatening food allergy, starting school, changing jobs or enrolling in camps or extracurricular activities can be stressful. One way to feel empowered – and help keep you or a loved one safe – is to have a clear food allergy action plan. What is a food allergy […]

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If you or someone you love has a life-threatening food allergy, starting school, changing jobs or enrolling in camps or extracurricular activities can be stressful. One way to feel empowered – and help keep you or a loved one safe – is to have a clear food allergy action plan.

What is a food allergy action plan? It’s a document that helps teachers, school administrators, coworkers and other staff know what to do if a reaction occurs. For those who don’t live with food allergies, a food allergy action plan can help decipher symptoms and react quickly if there is an emergency.

It’s a crucial document and here are three things you should know when you begin the process:

Take a picture

Having you or your child’s picture on the document is key. In a school setting, your child may be in the care of a substitute or a paraprofessional during the day. It’s important to have a picture on his or her food allergy action plan so everyone knows who the student is with an allergy.

Emergency Contact List

The important point here is to list emergency contacts who know you or your child – and the allergies – inside and out. Pick emergency contacts who understand the allergies, the medications and how to administer them and signs/symptoms to pay attention to.

Medication list

When listing medications and how to administer them, it’s best to double check with you or your child’s doctor. At Midwest Allergy, we can help you come up with a plan for medication if you have questions or concerns.

While creating a food allergy action plan can seem like a lot of work, there are resources out there to help you get started. The Food Allergy Research & Education website has many resources. Our experts at Midwest Allergy are also here to help you along the way.

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If you have questions about managing your food allergies, or your child’s food allergies, our doctors want to help. Give us a call or schedule an appointment today.

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