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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’ accidental ingestions.

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 aren’t 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.

For more on food allergies, visit the AAAAI Website.

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