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Allergy Awareness in Schools

­­­­­­­­­­We explore m­­­­any food allergy topics in our blogs, and this week we explore food allergies at school, and the importance of raising allergy awareness in the school environment.

Around 7% of children in the UK live with a food allergy, and most school classrooms will have at least one allergic pupil. These young people are at risk of anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening reaction which requires an immediate emergency response. 20% of severe allergic reactions to food happen whilst a child is at school, and these reactions can occur in children with no prior history of food allergy.

To help keep children safe, it is vitally important that staff recognise the signs of an allergic reaction and are able to manage it safely and effectively. Together with the Allergy Badge, we’re on a mission to create safer school communities for those living with food allergies. The Allergy Badge is an accredited training centre that was set up by Natalie after her daughter Ella experienced a severe anaphylactic reaction at a young age.

With the support of the Allergy Badge, we pledge to train over 120 teachers in how to use an auto injector. It’s so important to be confident in knowing when and how to use AAIs – the importance of the correct use of these ‘injector pens’ can never be underestimated. We will be visiting schools throughout the U.K. to deliver accredited allergy awareness training courses, and helping to educate teachers on how to effectively respond to food allergies.

If your child has a severe allergy, it is essential to provide the school with two Adrenaline-Auto Injectors (AAIs) as well as any other allergy medication your child may need. Medication should be kept with your child at school and not locked away where it is not easily accessible. In an anaphylactic reaction, seconds count.

Allergy U.K. is a great resource and they have some useful content which you can share with your child’s teacher.  Visit the Allergy U.K. website to download their Anaphylaxis and Severe Allergic Reactions factsheet to share with the school.  

As part of our initiative to create safer schools for those living with food allergies we’ve also created an allergy awareness pack- ‘Think Food Think Allergy’. Our allergy awareness packs are packed with lots of fun activities to help educate children about anaphylaxis and food allergies. These activities are a great way to engage with children, and ensure that they understand the importance of food allergies. Why not download a copy now via the download button.