Back to School Safety Advice for Food Allergies from American Medical ID

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Medical ID bracelets can help to save a child's life when experiencing a food allergy while attending school.

Many parents need to prepare their child for their return to school due to a number of medical issues. The main concern recently is the prevention and handling of food-related allergy emergencies.

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that food allergies in children have risen 18 percent, and schools are now having to adapt to more and more children with special needs. Studies show that 16%–18% of children with food allergies have had allergic reactions to accidental ingestion of food allergens while in school. Moreover, food-induced anaphylaxis data reveals that 25% of anaphylaxis reactions in schools occur among students without a previous food allergy diagnosis. It is estimated that about 4-6% of kids have food allergies so you should do the following:

-Make a plan and get a letter from your child’s doctor that outlines the allergies
-Meet with the school nurse to develop an Individualized Health Plan (IHP)
-Have your child wear a medical ID bracelet or other obvious ID jewelry
-Get your child tested for food allergies

Children with food allergies should wear a medical ID anytime they are away from their parents. Even if a school or other caretaker is well aware of the allergy, a prominent medical ID bracelet can serve as an obvious reminder of the child’s allergy. This creates constant awareness and lessens the chances of the child suffering ill effects of an accidental allergic reaction.

Since 1994, American Medical ID has created high quality, customized medical identification to meet our customers’ everyday lifestyle. Medical IDs are available in a variety of bracelet and necklace styles for adults, teens and children. Every ID is personalized with complimentary engraving. Candidates for a medical ID include anyone living with diabetes, asthma, heart conditions, autism spectrum disorders, stroke risk or memory impairment, persons with allergies such as food, drug or insect, and those taking multiple medications or blood thinners. For more information about American Medical ID, visit http://www.IdentifyYourself.com, email info(at)americanmedical-id(dot)com or call 800.363.5985.

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