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Nut-free schools: Points to ponder

from U.S. News & World Report

As families across the U.S. get ready to send their children back to school, parents of kids with food allergies have a different sort of homework. They must make sure their kids are safe in the classroom, playground and lunchroom. For kids with nut allergies, does their school have a nut-free policy and, if it does, what does that mean? Unfortunately, there is no cure for food allergies. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, management focuses on three things: education, avoidance of the allergen and immediate access to a life-saving epinephrine auto-injector. There is no "safe" amount of food, and even cross-contact with food preparation equipment can cause an allergic reaction in some children. more

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