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Lancaster, Pennsylvania community members are taking a proactive step in protecting the area’s children by offering a seminar on bee sting and food allergies.
Local newspaper Erie Times News reports on local children who make a good case study on why being vigilant about what kids are allergic to is important.
Alex Blatt, 11, has an allergy to peanuts and always carries an EpiPen with him to prevent any extreme reactions if a peanut or its extract finds its way into his system. An untreated allergic reaction can result in him going into anaphylactic shock, a potentially fatal condition.
Bee stings can also be something that causes an allergic reaction.
In the article, it is recommended that the following precautions be taken as children start the school year as it relates to food allergies – normally we concentrate on insect bite-related news here on MyBugBites.com, but we thought this would be good for all to consider:
Inform the school cafeteria, teachers and other staff of what foods to avoid, and suggest safe alternatives.
Send safe snacks when the class is having a party.
Implement a “no eating” policy for your child when he or she is riding the bus or in other settings where kids aren’t supervised.
Ask for child’s allergist to complete a food allergy action plan to give to school officials. A plan can be found at www.aaaai.org.September 2, 2008 – 9:42 am