CDC recommends schools have food allergy action plans

Amarillo, TX - About one in every 25 students suffers from a food allergy. When a child has a food allergy, parents not only need to be aware of how to save them in an emergency teachers need to know how too.

The CDC is now recommending that every school have an action plan for when a child has an allergic reaction at school.

New Epinephrine pens that talk out the steps on how to use them, are making it easier for teachers and school nurses to help a student if they find themselves having a severe reaction to a food allergy.

We spoke with the school nurse at Bushland Elementary today about the training she gives to the teachers at her school for children who have food allergies in case of an emergency.

"We have a anaphylaxis emergency plan that we implement. We let the staff know what the allergies are and what to do in case of an emergency," said Bushland Elementary School Nurse Betsy Weaver.

It is also important for the student's doctor to work closely with the child's school to make sure the best care is given.

At the Allergy A.R.T.S.  office here in Amarillo, they have a plan in place to make sure they work closely with the school.

"It's a team approach between the school administration, the healthcare providers, preferably allergists because they can identify which food item that the child may be allergic to and of course the parents," said Allergist Dr. Constantine Saadeh of Allergy A.R.T.S.

Allergic reactions can happen at anytime, even if a child has had that same food many times before, so if a school is prepared they will be able to save the child's life.