Once 2014 summer began and I had all of our food allergy emergency kits back in my possession, I began to assess each one. This is when I go through and check expiration dates, what needs refills and prepare my new food allergy action plans from FARE (www.foodallergy.org) for my kids' allergist to fill out (I mail them in and pick them up at out summer check ups). I like to have a new one each year with an updated photo attached. Last year while aimlessly shopping school supplies at Wal-Mart, I stumbled upon this inexpensive zipper pouch ($1). They came in these really fun and bright colors. I immediately started thinking of what I could use them for! Then it hit me at how fantastic they would be for my kids' emergency kits for school. Other than being super cheap, I loved the fact that they had a 'window' where my child's picture could be seen along with his name, allergies and weight. Bingo! I bought four! One could only imagine how elated I was when ALL of the important stuff fit so neatly into it: Auvi-Q box (set of 2), small bottle of Zyrtec, and an inhaler! Now I know it may seem so mundane to some of you out there, but this helped organize things for my husband and I.
|Food Allergy Emergency Kit|
|Food allergy awareness bracelet|
Last year, Dairy Allergy Mom and I made bright, mini, classroom posters. This was a new idea that we implemented. Our goal was to assist classroom personnel (ie. homeroom parents, substitute teachers, etc..) in better identifying our food allergy kids. The posters simply listed each child's food allergies and had a current school picture. The posters were hung in the classroom and were well received by school administration. Both Dairy Allergy Mom and myself were delighted to hear that our school nurse keeps a similar system in her office. This year we will make similar posters.
Lastly, in an effort to be back to school prepared, Dairy Allergy Mom and I met with our school principal and school nurse. This was uncharted territory to meet during the summer! We wanted to meet before school to avoid having the 'Meet the Teacher' night be all about our kids' food allergies. I must say that following this meeting I was very relieved. Sometimes you don't realize how stressed out you are until it is gone, right? The meeting helped to manage our expectations. It was comforting to hear that the food allergy policy will now be a part of our school handbook. Dairy Allergy Mom and I continue our quest to educate and not to isolate. We want the same things for our kids as everybody else...inclusion. We have been blessed to meet the right people to help us along on our journey.
If any of you have ideas that you would like to share about your 'Back to School' preparations, please attend our next meeting on August 4, 2014. We would love to hear from you.
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