Bringing food allergy management and awareness to your community

Heavy Parental Burden

In the past, parents have done the heavy lifting when it comes to educating schools about food allergy management. In many cases it has been their responsibility to educate the other parents, their child’s classmates, and even teachers and other staff. This can be a practical and social challenge as schedules, other responsibilities, difficult subject matter, differences in opinion, social challenges, and relationship dynamics can make this very challenging.



Aware and understanding school communities can create environments that can support students with food allergies. Once staff, other students, and parents understand why food allergy management is important and how it is needed for safety, then they can play their role in creating communities of support for students with food allergies. Schools, with school nursing at the lead, should establish policies and procedures to not only manage a student’s direct allergy care but to also include school wide, role appropriate awareness and education.



CDC’s Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs
Food Allergy Management and Education (FAME) Manual & Tool-Kit

NASN Epinephrine Resource School Nurse Program

NASN Get Trained: Training Tools

Anaphylaxis Community Experts

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