The good news is 16 states have now passed “entity laws”, which is legislation that permits venues such as theme parks, sports arenas and restaurants to stock and maintain epinephrine auto-injectors. Now there are 34 more to go including NY! We join other advocates in hoping epi-pens become as commonplace as AEDs and fire extinguishers in all public gathering places.
Here are some very practical guides for developing Emergency Care Plans, Individualized Healthcare Plans and 504 Plans for children with allergies in school. Links to sample plans and descriptions of each type are included. If you can start the process now, everything will be in place by the first day of school.
Back to School Suggestions for Families with Life-threatening Allergies
August 10th, 2015
By Janet Goldman
If you have a child with severe allergies, it may be a good idea to arrange a meeting with your school’s principal, preferably before the school year begins. Begin by explaining your child’s allergies, and then request a health care plan to provide for his/her safety at school. This plan should identify responsibilities, training and services to guarantee a safe environment as well as how to respond to an attack of anaphylaxis.
Emergency Allergy Treatment Act Stalled In Albany
Greetings from Jon Terry, the founder of the Allergy Advocacy Association. Concerning anaphylaxis, life-threatening allergies and epinephrine, the Emergency Allergy Treatment Act did not pass during the 2015 legislative session. After extending the session for an additional week to conclude important state business, legislators went home for good just before the beginning of July.
It comes as no surprise that emergency room visits of children with severe allergic reactions have increased markedly over the past five years in Illinois. Researchers are still trying to find out why, and are pursuing ways to reverse the trend.
Canadian study finds anaphylactic reaction in kid scan recur hours later
A recent study proves once again how important it is to receive medical treatment after a severe allergic reaction. Many times there is a second, delayed reaction that can be deadly. There are risk factors of who might be susceptible to a second reaction, but it’s always wise to play it safe and get to the emergency room just in case. Read all the details here.
Parents, doctors should watch for delayed 2nd reaction, Ontario researchers say
A new study by Ontario, Canada researchers suggests about 15 per cent of children who have a severe allergic reaction that involves anaphylaxis can actually have a second reaction hours after the first. It warns that doctors and parents should be on the lookout for this type of two-stage or biphasic anaphylactic reaction.