A Sample of Some Peanut Free Snacks
Fresh vegetables (sacks of carrot/celery sticks, broccoli, cauliflower) Fresh fruits (sacks of apples, bananas, grapes, oranges, strawberries) Full unopened bags of chips such as: Doritos, Lays Original, Cheetos, Pringle, Rolled Gold Pretzels
Raisins Fruit roll ups Twizzlers Fruit gummies or Gummi Bears String cheese Go-Gurt Yogurt Jello snacks (pudding cups) Cheez Its by Sunshine Nabisco Chips Ahoy Chips Ahoy Chewy Nabisco Teddy Grahams Hostess powdered Mini Donuts Rice Krispie Treats
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (original and chocolate)
Air Heads Lifesavers Skittles DumDums Starburst Tootsie rolls
If your child is in a peanut free or severe allergy classroom please check the labels on ALL foods (even the ones listed above). Manufacturing practices change, sometimes daily. If an item contains peanuts, peanut oil, nuts, or nut oil, or has a statement as “May contain traces of….”, or “Made on equipment that manufactures or processes….”, or “Made in a facility that manufactures . . .,” it is not considered safe.
Again, you will NOT be allowed to send bakery or homemade products into your child's classroom, even if it is their birthday. No exceptions. You may purchase ice cream from the cafeteria or send a safe food...for all children.
Thank you for taking our serious allergies seriously...you may be saving a life.
The job of the nurse is to...
1. Ensure the daily management of food allergies for individual children.
2. Prepare for food allergy emergencies.
3. Provide professional development on food allergies for staff members.
4. Educate children and family
members about food allergies.
5. Create and maintain a healthy and safe educational environment.
Your job, as the parent, is to keep the nurse informed with as much information as you can about your child's specific allergy and his/her symptoms, history, medicine changes, etc.
You must also keep the nurse supplied with the proper and non expired dose of epinephrine if prescribed.
Together we will make a great team!
The Role of Epinephrine (EpiPen)
During a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), epinephrine:
1. Quickly begins working to reverse symptoms of a life-threatening allergic reaction
2. Constricts blood vessels to increase blood pressure
3. Relaxes smooth muscles in the lungs to reduce wheezing to improve breathing
4. Stimulates the heart (increasing heart rate)
5. Works to reduce hives as well as swelling that may occur around the face and lips