A Guest Post by Karma Bryan-Ingle:
For most parents, back to school time comes with a bit of anxiety. All of the typical questions arise… Will my child have a teacher who is a good fit? Will he have friends in his class? Will he make new friends? But for me, this is the time of year when I start to think about what a potentially dangerous place school can be for my son. My son, Evan, suffers from life-threatening food allergies. And one accidental nibble of a peanut can send us rushing to the hospital.
Because I’ve known about Evan’s serious issue since before he was 3, I’ve developed some strategies to help manage his allergies at school:
This year, Evan is changing schools, so I’m feeling a bit more anxious than normal. I’m now preparing myself to learn the new policies and to educate his new school about his allergy symptoms and what to do should something happen.
So, if you’re a parent of kids with food allergies and you’re feeling anxious about sending them off, rest assured you’re not alone. My biggest piece of advice is that communication is the key to keeping your child safe.
I find one of the easiest ways to communicate to other kids and caregivers about your child’s allergies is by labeling food containers and lunch bags.