CreaMy name is Kimberly and I am new to this site. I

Posted on: Tue, 08/28/2018 - 5:00am
kikik11's picture
Offline
Joined: 08/28/2014 - 11:34

CreaMy name is Kimberly and I am new to this site. I scrolled to see if any of the questions posted matched mine but I did not see anything. This may be long so please bare with me. My 16 year old sophomore was diagnosed last summer with an airborne peanut allergy. She has eaten peanuts/products her whole life. She has had several episodes of red face and hives and benedryl has taken care of it immediately. We have had to use epi 4 times. First, when we realized she was allergic after eating a mini snickers at a ballpark and we used a teammates pen. Second, a student slapped a Reeses wrapper on her chest and it went down her shirt and she immediately showed signs of reaction that Benedryl was not relieving. 3rd time she self injected while home alone after getting a kiss goodbye from someone who had eaten peanut butter at lunch (5.5 hrs earlier). Yesterday was the last time to use and she used AuviQ after a reaction occurred right after running 2 miles outside. It was from either the locker room peanut smell, or sharing of team water bottles during break. Benedryl was administered but she was already having breathing issues so AuviQ was given.
My issue is the school nurse is trying to say Kinley can not carry benedryl or zyrtec in her allergy kit with her during school. She wants it stored with her and the trainers. We have 2 different Dr. notes stating she must. Her previous high school absolutely is in agreement with us saying she is responsible and must have it. Does anyone know of legislation or have had similar issues? We are going to meet with Admin and I want to be more prepared. My concerns are
a) the school is large and she may not have time to get to where the benedryl is locked up quick enough.
b) the nurse is not there after school and may or may not be in her office at all times.
c) the trainers may or may not be in their offices due to multiple sports and student trainers can not carry or administer meds.
d) she goes with friends or drives home from school and will need it with her.

I know there is a big debate over epi vs benedryl and that is not my argument. Every student is different and our first line is benedryl. I appreciate any help on my legal question. Thank you all!!!te a Discussion/Ask a Question

Posted on: Thu, 08/28/2014 - 7:04am
smithdcrk's picture
Offline
Joined: 03/13/2014 - 16:46

I am glad you are here. Your reasons for keeping ALL of her medications accessible are sound and logical.
While I can sympathize with a Nurse who does not want students running around with meds (OTC and Rx) in their back pockets, students with severe allergies must have immediate access to theirs. This is a matter of life and death.
Your Doctors have agreed that she is mature enough and responsible enough to carry and self-administer. If the Nurse won't listen to you, have your Doctor call her to explain how serious this allergy is and the treatment required.
Not all school systems are as a well informed as your former school. When we transferred to TX we carried a 504 plan that outlined what the original school had done to keep her safe. Now in HS, DD has been "licensed to carry" and self-administer AUVI-Q, zyrtec & cortaid since sixth grade as part of her 504 plan. Under the 504, she was allowed to carry a cell phone even in MS!
For information on setting up a 504 see this post
http://www.peanutallergy.com/boards/schools/504-plan
Here is a copy of the Allergy Action Template we use - on page two your doctor can specify "may carry and self-administer" in the notes.
http://www.foodallergy.org/document.doc?id=234

More Community Posts

Peanut Free and Nut Free Community

create a new community post
Latest Post by absfabs Tue, 11/19/2019 - 11:06am
Comments: 171
Latest Post by absfabs Tue, 11/19/2019 - 11:01am
Comments: 478
Latest Post by absfabs Tue, 11/19/2019 - 10:51am
Comments: 3
Latest Post by william robenstein Mon, 11/18/2019 - 10:35am
Comments: 1
Latest Post by sunshinestate Sun, 11/17/2019 - 1:16pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by absfabs Fri, 11/15/2019 - 5:32pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by Italia38 Tue, 11/12/2019 - 2:43pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by absfabs Mon, 11/11/2019 - 1:23pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by Italia38 Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:10pm
Comments: 4
Latest Post by Italia38 Fri, 11/08/2019 - 11:47am
Comments: 6
Latest Post by sunshinestate Thu, 11/07/2019 - 3:43pm
Comments: 4
Latest Post by sunshinestate Thu, 11/07/2019 - 2:48pm
Comments: 7
Latest Post by penelope Tue, 11/05/2019 - 3:44pm
Comments: 12
Latest Post by penelope Tue, 11/05/2019 - 3:35pm
Comments: 13

More Articles

It’s the time of year when holiday parties, and family gatherings can make allergen avoidance more problematic. Whether you celebrate Christmas,...

When love is in the air we can get caught up in the moment and throw caution to the wind. However, if you have a...

Food allergies and sensitivities are on the rise. Almost everyone knows someone who has problems with at least one food. The most common food...

Peanuts and Nuts Can Trigger An Asthma Attack

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAI), more than 3...

The relationship between anxiety and food or other allergy is a complicated and puzzling one. Research has shown that stress can exacerbate...

More Articles

More Articles

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, over 50 million people in the U.S. have allergies. Today's allergy tests...

The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA) addresses the labeling of packaged food products regulated by the FDA....

For people who suffer from anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can result from an allergy to...

Anaphylactic shock (A-nuh-fih-LAK-tik shok): A severe and sometimes life-threatening immune system reaction to an antigen that a person has been...

In 1963 the American Medical Association designed a special symbol that would alert emergency medical personnel of special medical conditions when...

Finding allergy-free foods for an office potluck may seem impossible, but more options are available than you might think. Eating foods prepared...

One of the most difficult things for a parent to do is determine whether his or her toddler has a cold or a...

You no doubt have your own way of teaching people about your child’s food allergy, a way that suits your temperament, and style of communication....

Reliable peanut allergy statistics are not that easy to come by. There is a lot of available research on food allergies in general but not too...

Most people know that to enjoy whatever food safety accommodations an airline offers they need to inform the airline of their allergy prior to...

A 504 plan* documents food allergy accommodations agreed to by parents and their child’s school. Plans are typically created during a 504 meeting...

If there is a child at your children's school allergic to peanuts, the school probably discourages or may not allow peanut products to be brought...

If you are on a budget, but you need to wear some sort of notification that you have a peanut...

Unless we consciously carve out time for self-care, constant food allergy management can slowly erode our sense of well-being. Signs of allergy-...

Peanuts cause more severe food allergic reactions than other foods, followed by shellfish, fish, tree nuts and eggs. Although there is only a...