Parents of children with food allergies are urged to file an Emergency Action Plan with their child’s school or daycare, specifying the actions to be taken when anaphylaxis or ingestion of an allergen is suspected. The plan, signed by the child’s doctor, safeguards the child in an emergency by taking the guesswork out of how to respond and when to administer epinephrine should a reaction occur.
Food Allergy Research and Education’s (FARE’s) Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan was the one “go to” form most often used as a template for creating such a plan. Now, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has published their own.
AAP has provided thorough guidance for completing their plan, which you can access by clicking here. Download the PDF for AAP’s form by clicking here. You can then fill out the form in your browser before printing it locally.
Whether you use AAP’s form for FARE’s, we urge all parents of school age children with food allergies to work with their child’s allergist or pediatrician to create an Emergency Action Plan, then share it with those responsible for your child’s care. It can be a lifesaver should the unthinkable happen.