Food allergies affecting more children nationwide | cleveland.com

5 Oct

Food allergies affecting more children nationwide | cleveland.com.

About 25 percent of children surveyed reported a peanut allergy, followed by milk at 21 percent, and shellfish at 17 percent. Kids with peanut and tree nut allergies had the most severe reactions with symptoms of anaphylaxis, wheezing or low blood pressure, according to the study. 

 

Parents of children with severe allergies can request a 504 plan — named for the section in the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 — be developed with school officials.

“This allergy action plan outlines the condition, limitations, classroom management and what needs to be done should the child have an allergic reaction,” said Ann M. Connelly, supervisor of the Ohio Department of Health’s school nursing program.

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