- Print all the necessary forms from the LCPS school website or download them from the LCPS food management guidelines, "Managing Students with Food Allergies in School".
- Make an appointment with your allergist. Bring the medical school forms and your IHCP to your allergist for review.
- If your child may eat cafeteria food, we suggest that you fill out the Physician Statement for Students with Special Dietary Needs found in the LCPS website under Food Services.
- Meet with your school to review IHCP and 504 plan with the staff.
- If your child is younger, they may need dedicated school supplies. It's always a good idea to label them. Additionally, use the labels to mark your child's Epipen, inhaler or other necessary medications.
- Have your child meet their new teacher(s) and staff who will come in contact with your child before school begins. It will make your child more comfortable to come to them for help. Additionally, it is ideal to have the staff tell your child that it is OK to interrupt if he or she is not feeling well. As adults, we teach our children not to interrupt when we are speaking. However, in this case it is a good idea to have the staff tell your child that they will not be in trouble for interrupting the class if he or she does not feel well. Your child should never keep a possible allergic reaction to him or herself.
- Update any medical alert bracelets with new allergies and contact information.
- Supply the school with your forms, medication and an Emergency Snack Box with bottled water in the classroom in case of a Shelter in Place (emergency lock down situation).
Labels are a great way of identifying your child's specific school supplies, lunch box, water bottle and medication. All labels are machine washable and some are even microwavable! Check manufacturer for details.
We love KozyEpi because of the durable neoprene case, but there are a variety of medication carriers in the market. Please see our "Allergy-Friendly Shopping" page for more selections.
Allergy Apparel is located right here in Virginia. Shipping is quick and easy. They offer a selection of medication carriers including the KozyEpi. Additionally, they offer medical alert jewelry, lunch boxes and clothing. Visit them at www.AllergyApparel.com.
It's important that your child's allergies are identifiable, even if your child is not able to list them. A medical alert bracelet or necklace is ideal to inform school staff and medical professionals about your child's allergies.
Lauren's Hope has a wonderful selection medical alert products for men, women, boys, girls and pets (yes you read that right!). Select from bracelets made from chains, braided or rubber. They also offer medical alert necklaces, bag tags and ID sets. If you or your child has multiple allergies, it's always difficult to fit them in a small tag. The "Custom Engraved Medical ID Tag" you have the option of up to 20 characters and 5 lines! The "Branch Medical ID Tag" offers up to 20 characters and 6 lines. Find the one that fits your needs at www.LaurensHope.com
Water bottles are essential for children with food allergies. Because it is shared, drinking from a water fountains may be a risk for cross contamination. A water bottle, dedicated to your child is an easy way to minimize this risk.
SIGG is a favorite product. While they offer a selection of reusable water bottles, we especially love the ones with the flip top. The flip top covers the mouth of the bottle, minimizing risk for cross contamination. We have found these very water bottles in our local stores like Target. To see the selections, visit them at www.MySIGG.com.