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When Jadin, 12, was given a cookie by a classmate, she was told it didn’t contain nuts. Unfortunately, Jadin and her friend didn’t realize it was a peanut butter cookie. After one bite, Jadin immediately felt an uncomfortable tingling in her mouth and throat followed by difficulty swallowing and a stomachache.
Fortunately, Jadin had been prepared by her parents and had a Food Allergy Action Plan in place at her school that allowed immediate individualized treatment.
Food allergies can cause itching of the mouth and throat, throat tightness, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, sneezing, wheezing, itchy skin, hives, and, in rare cases, death. Taking proper precautions and having a plan of action can aid in effectively managing this chronic condition.
“By definition, accidents are always unexpected,” said Dan Atkins, MD, Allergy Section Chief at Children’s Hospital Colorado. “Having a personalized Food Allergy Action Plan and teaching children and their caretakers how to respond quickly to an accidental ingestion is an important part of keeping them safe.”
A Food Allergy Action Plan is best developed with the child’s physician and distributed to all the child’s caretakers. The following information should be included:
Use this infographic to boost your knowledge of food allergies.