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Food Allergy Book: What School Employees Need to Know - Spanish

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Spanish Version: Schools & Food Allergies

At any time, school staff may need to respond to a food allergy emergency—whether in the classroom or cafeteria, or on the playground, athletic field, or school bus. That’s why it’s important for educators to know about food allergies and understand their role in helping to prevent and respond to allergic reactions in schools. This pocket-sized resource covers:

  • What are the most common foods that might trigger an allergic reaction?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction?
  • What is anaphylaxis?
  • What is your role in helping to manage food allergies in schools?

What is NEA HIN Doing to Help?
The NEA Health Information Network and the U.S. Department of Agriculture partnered to publish Food Allergies: What School Employees Need to Know. This booklet is designed to educate all school employees about food allergies and how they can help to prevent and respond to food allergic reactions in schools. The booklet is free, offered in English and Spanish, and is available in print and online.

This booklet will give you information on what to do when a student is having a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction and will explain how you can help prevent reactions in your school.

What is a Food Allergy?
Food allergy is an abnormal response to a food, triggered by the body’s immune system. In individuals with food allergies, the immune system mistakenly responds to a food (known as the food allergen) as if it were harmful, triggering a variety of negative health effects.

Common food allergens found in the school environment include:

  • milk
  • eggs
  • peanuts
  • soy
  • wheat
  • tree nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, pecans)
  • fish
  • shellfish (e.g., crab, lobster, shrimp)

Non-food items can contain food allergens such as modeling clay and paper mache (may contain wheat), crayons (may contain soy), and finger paints (may contain milk or egg whites).

Un extracto del libro:

Food Allergy Ejemplo Situación

Selena el estudiante
El grupo de cuarto grado de la Escuela Shadyside tiene una fiesta de cumpleaños.  Selena acaba de comerse una galleta que llevó a la reunion la madre de uno de sus compañeros.  De pronto, se da ella cuenta de que tiene salpullido y ronchas en los brazos.  Empieza a sentir que la falta el aire, asi que le avisa a Pam la Asistente de maestra que algo anda mal.

Pam piensa que Selena podría estar teniendo una reacción alérgica.

¿Sabes lo que Pam debería hacer?

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