Peanut Allergy Management Plan

Posted on: Sun, 01/28/2001 - 1:45pm
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pIt's been a long time since I posted on the boards. Some of you might remember me. My name is Noreen and I was quite active in 1999 but had to pull back to concentrate on a neurological disorder my son grapples with along with his very severe peanut allergy. But 'tis the season for meeting with school officials for children entering kindergarten in the Fall and I wanted to give back to this community from which I have received so much by sending you a copy of my son's peanut allergy management plan. I'll follow this thread and answer any questions but am not able to fully return to the boards right yet. Hopefully in the future. /p
pI borrowed heavily from FAN and other sources, especially archives from this list. Please feel free to duplicate this plan, make any changes, or add suggestions. I apologize for any fomatting irregularities since I had to paste and copy. /p
pHere goes:/p
pPEANUT ALLERGY MANAGEMENT PLAN for Parry:/p
pSevere peanut allergy, mild milk allergy, mild asthma, mild Sensory Integration issues/p
p1. REDUCE PEANUT EXPOSURE:/p
p 1. Letter sent home to all parents, advising them that a peanut allergicbr /
child is attending school. The letter should briefly explain thebr /
consequences of peanut exposure. The principal requests that all parentsbr /
voluntarily comply in not sending their child to school with peanut butterbr /
snacks or peanut products. This voluntary ban does not apply to otherbr /
nuts, but should apply to products which list peanuts as a tracebr /
ingredient. The letter should be translated into the native language ofbr /
parents who do not speak English./p
p 2. Parents and teachers implement a "no food sharing" policy./p
p 3. Parent is given the opportunity to read ingredient labels in advance ofbr /
class projects involving food./p
p 4. The allergic child will use an anti-bacterial wipe before eating lunch./p
p 5. Parents and teachers encourage the use of anti-bacterial wipes afterbr /
snack for entire class./p
p 6. Eliminate peanut butter and peanut products from all class art orbr /
science projects. /p
p 7. Birdseed labels should be read carefully, since most commercialbr /
birdseed contains peanut fragments./p
p 8. Bean bag chairs or bean balls on the school premises should be examinedbr /
carefully, as these may occasionally contain nutshells./p
p 9. Provide mother of peanut-allergic child with a list of classmate'sbr /
birthdays or dates when food will be used in school-related celebrations.br /
This way, the parent can plan ahead and provide special treats for thebr /
allergic child./p
p 10. Parent should be notified when a substitute teacher is called in./p
p 11. Parent shall attend all field trips with advanced notice. If for somebr /
reason the parent cannot attend the field trip, a special shirt will bebr /
worn by the peanut allergic child which says "Nuttin/p

Posted on: Mon, 01/29/2001 - 2:09pm
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Thank you Noreen for your very informative posting. I am sure that a lot of us will find it very helpful as we prepare information for school.
I am curious about the benadryl tablets. There has been some discussion on the board recently about the liquid benadryl being preferred over the tablets for food allergic reactions. Has your allergist recommended the chewable?
I think you've provided some excellent information. Thanks so much.
Miriam

Posted on: Tue, 01/30/2001 - 4:32am
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Noreen -
THANK YOU!!! What a great message!!!!!!!

Posted on: Tue, 01/30/2001 - 12:14pm
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Quote:Originally posted by California Mom:
[b]Thank you Noreen for your very informative posting. I am sure that a lot of us will find it very helpful as we prepare information for school.
I am curious about the benadryl tablets. There has been some discussion on the board recently about the liquid benadryl being preferred over the tablets for food allergic reactions. Has your allergist recommended the chewable?
I think you've provided some excellent information. Thanks so much.
Miriam[/b]
Hi Miriam:
I'm glad you found the information useful, as well as others here. I had no problem securing all points to the plan and some of it had to do with providing background information on the severity of this allergy along with case studies of deaths. I have to say I dreaded the whole process of dealing with the schools. For the longest time, I even stayed away from reading the School boards for I really couldn't bear to think about the whole process. Well, it went better than expected. Thank God.
As for Benadryl, yes my son's allergist recommended the tablets over the liquid, mostly due to the tabs being easier to pack and carry. He didn't think there was that much difference in absorption rate between liquid and tablets.
What is the subject heading of the debate on the Main Board?
Noreen

Posted on: Tue, 01/30/2001 - 1:34pm
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I wish I could remember the subject heading; I truly can't. I think it was an ongoing discussion in a thread about whether to ever use benadryl during a reaction, or only to use the epi-pen. Hopefully someone else will see this and remember better than I. Since your allergist didn't think there was much of a difference then I'm sure you're O.K. I asked a pharmacist about it (before the thread in question) and she said that we should only use liquid. I trusted her and haven't actually asked my allergist about it yet.
I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for you to acquire and assemble all that information, and then present it to the school! I am so glad that things are going well.
My daughter's principal just told me today that I should have a 504 plan for her. I was really surprised by that, since I thought it was usually the parents who push for it, and the schools often resist. Now I will need to get going big time on this.
Noreen, I think that you and I met at a support group meeting at Cynthia's house in August. Am I right? I haven't heard anything about any more meetings. Have I missed something, or have there not been any?
Thanks again, Miriam

Posted on: Tue, 01/30/2001 - 8:03pm
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Quote:Originally posted by California Mom:
[b]My daughter's principal just told me today that I should have a 504 plan for her. I was really surprised by that, since I thought it was usually the parents who push for it, and the schools often resist. Now I will need to get going big time on this.
Noreen, I think that you and I met at a support group meeting at Cynthia's house in August. Am I right? I haven't heard anything about any more meetings. Have I missed something, or have there not been any?
Thanks again, Miriam[/b]
Count your blessings that you don't have to fight for a 504. Your daughter will then be protected by law, you can ask for aides, etc. My son's principal and teacher have been greatly accomodating so I haven't pushed for a 504. In a hostile environment, a 504 is the only way to go. But it's always there for me to fall back on. Right now, it'd be a hostile act on my part to fight for a 504 when all my requests are honored in spades, and then some. 504's really involve quite a bit of paperwork for administrators. One less than accomodating teacher and I'm there.
Yes, Miriam, we did meet at Cynthia's house. I thought we were going to meet once a month, or something like that, but haven't heard back. Email me off-line and maybe we can get something going again.
Good luck with your 504. My son's peanut allergy management plan is set up in 504-style. Use it as a springboard for your own.
Noreen

Posted on: Wed, 02/07/2001 - 9:34pm
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Noreen,
Thank you so much this is a great post and very helpful.

Posted on: Thu, 02/08/2001 - 4:48am
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Noreen,
Thanks so much for posting this. This was exactly the information I've been asking people to post.
Glad you are back.
Andrea

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