March 20, 2000
Study: Protection at Schools for Children with Food
Allergies Not Fail-Safe
In one area over half experienced
reactions at school
San Diego, CA (SafetyAlerts) - Researchers at the
AAAAI Annual Meeting, held earlier this month, released results from a phone survey taken
in the Baltimore area that describes schools reactions to food-allergic students
The survey, conducted by Anna
Nowak-Wegrzyn, M.D. and colleagues at Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland Medical
schools, included the parents of 113 children with food allergies, and concluded that
because the precautions in place arent failsafe, in many schools, a plan for
emergency needs to be more clearly defined.
Of the 113 children, more than half
(sixty) had accidentally ingested a food they are allergic to, accounting for 64 incidents
of allergic reaction in the last two years at school.
There was no protocol in place or
medication available for 15 percent of all children even through reactions at schools
accounted for 25 percent of all reactions encountered within the last two years.
Some schools made special
accommodations for food allergic children, including peanut restrictions in classrooms,
alternative meals, separate eating areas and peanut-free tables in the cafeteria.
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