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Managing allergies and anaphylaxis in schools and preschools: a collaborative partnership

“It is essential that all early childhood centres schools and schools are prepared to provide care for children at risk of severe allergic reactions. This necessitates having systems in place to ensure all staff know the children at risk, and that staff can recognise the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction and know what to do.” Dr Jan Sinclair, Paediatric Immunologist, Starship Children’s Hospital, Auckland.

Allergy New Zealand has developed guidelines and compiled resources to assist parents and caregivers, educators and school staff, and health professionals, to put these systems in place.

The three key objectives are to:
  • Minimise child/student exposure to triggers (allergens) as much as possible
  • Ensure staff are prepared at all times to respond appropriately in case of a life-threatening reaction (anaphylaxis)
  • Ensure children/students with allergies are able to participate in the same educational and recreational activities as their peers.
We are very grateful to the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) for the guidelines and other resources including free on-line training, which we have provided links to in the sections below.
 
allergy guidelines Guidelines for early childhood services and schools managing allergies in education settings(copy)
Managing allergies in education settings
anaphylaxis
About anaphylaxis
autoinjectors
Adrenaline autoinjectors
training(copy)
Training