Hello My name is Linda. I have a daughter with a peanut allergy. Up till now, I have not worried or stressed much with her allergy. I cook everything at home. I read labels. We don't eat out often, etc etc. This fall she is entering first grade. She will be eating lunch in the cafeteria. Now the anxiety has hit me. I am scared to death to let her go on her own. I need help, suggestions, advice on what needs to be done to ensure her safety this year at school. What requirements should I ask of the teacher? (like handwashing, etc). This is all new to me. Are there any other things I need to do for her? Please help! Thanks.

On Aug 17, 2007

Hi! I'm glad you found this site, it's been a big help to my family.

Your first step is to make an appointment to talk with your daughter's allergist about what needs to be done to keep her safe at school. Read up on key areas to consider at [url=""][/url] under 504 Plans for food allergies.

Once you and the doctor agree on what needs to be done, (e.g. peanut-free classroom, peanut-free table, hand-wiping for classmates, Epipen training for teacher and staff, access to emergency meds) have the doctor write a letter explaining the seriousness of your child's allergy and what needs to be done to keep her safe.

This way, the things you are asking for are not simply your preferences, but "doctor's orders." The school will take that much more seriously.

You will need to discuss:

1. Prevention--what needs to be done to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction?

2. Identifying a reaction--signs and symptoms of mild and severe reactions.

3. Emergency Action Plan--what to do in the event of a reaction. This needs to be as detailed as possible.

All this information should be written down in the form of a Health Plan (IHP) and/or Section 504 Plan.

If you decide you want to request a 504 plan, you will need to make a request to the school in writing. See [url=""][/url] for detailed information on this process.

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------------------ Mom to 8 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 4 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

On Aug 19, 2007

Thank you so much!!!!!! Your information was so so helpful. I had no idea where to start. All this information you gave me is wonderful. Its so nice to have such great support here. I wish I had found this a couple years ago! Thanks again. Linda

On Aug 19, 2007

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If you have more questions, you should probably post them in the Schools forum where more people will see your post.