Tuesday, August 17, 2010

School's out....'til September

It may still be hot and humid where you live (like it is here in Massachusetts) but school will be back in session in as little as two weeks from now.

Preparing to turn the calendar over to September means preparing for the return of children to local public schools, private high schools, and colleges and universities. FAAN has updated their Food Allergy Action Plan for the 2010-2011 school year and this form is incredibly important for any student with food allergies. This form should be filled out and given to school nurses, administrators, or anyone else who could be a first responder to an allergy emergency. These individuals must be given proper information about your child's specific allergies and how to react, including the correct use of injectible epinephrine (EpiPen, Twinject, etc.).

At Cherrybrook Kitchen, we are doing our part to make the lives of food allergy sufferers and their families at least a little easier (and tastier!). However, you can never be too prepared, especially when your child's critical needs may become lost with the hectic environment that is present with hundreds, if not thousands, of other students.

So while you're stocking up on pencils, lunch boxes, and backpacks, be sure to take ten minutes to fill out this form. Not only will the school appreciate not having to scramble for this information when they really need it but it will give you one less thing to worry about.

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