Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency that requires immediate attention. Learn what to do if you develop anaphylaxis and how you can help prevent this potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.
In order to be prepared for an anaphylactic flareup, schools should have multiple automatic external defibrillators on site and staff members who are trained in how to use the equipment as well as CPR. By taking these two precautionary steps, along with providing allergy education to students and staff, they can be prepared for a case of anaphylaxis. Students with known allergies should always have their prescription epinephrine shot nearby.
The 2014 Food Allergy Awareness Week is May 11-17. Teachers and administrators are encouraged to include training about anaphylaxis throughout the week. Parents who would like to get involved are encouraged to do so. Get information online, partner with school administrators, and insist on a safe and educated environment where your child, and his or her peers in the classroom, will all be protected from a life-threatening allergic reaction.