Iowa School District – experiences with Food Allergy

2 Oct

ICCSD aids kids with food allergies

ICCSD health services director Susie Poulton said 150 students reported some form of food allergy this school year, including 95 who are allergic to peanuts. Another 26 students have an allergy to milk, she said. This mirrors the rest of the nation, where according to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, nearly 6 million children have a food allergy.

Poulton said food allergies appear to be on the rise, partially because of the district’s growth and a more diverse student body.

“I think parents are doing a better job of notifying us,” she said. “We’ve (also) seen an increase in health conditions, such as diabetes, as we grow.”



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