Food Allergies at MCE
A Message to Parents About Food Allergies
According to the FDA, up to 6% of children in the United States under age 3 have food allergies.While less common in adults, food allergies affect nearly 4 million people. Eight common allergens account for 90% of all reactions. They are: peanuts, tree nuts (such as walnuts and cashews), milk, eggs, fish, shellfish (such as shrimp), soy, and wheat.
With a food allergy, the body reacts as though that particular food product is harmful. As a result, chemicals trigger allergic symptoms that can affect the respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, skin, or cardiovascular system. In severe allergies, these symptoms can be life-threatening.
People often confuse food allergies with food intolerance. Food intolerance can be caused by a person's inability to digest certain substances, such as lactose and doesn't involve the immune system. It can be unpleasant but is rarely dangerous.
To protect the safety of students with Food Allergies, PCSD has a Food Allergy Management Plan in place which emphasizes education of students and staff in promoting a positive and supportive school environment.
At MCE we educate staff, students, and parents using resources from the Food Allergy Network using their PAL (Protect a Life) Program. Forms for students with food allergies can be downloaded from the Forms page. If you have questions regarding Food Safety or Allergy Management please contact the MCE Health Office at 267-1440.
For more information on Food Allergy Management and Resources for Parents:
PAL Brochure for ParentsThis brochure describes the Food Allergy Network PAL (Protect a Life) Food Allergy Education Program for students.
Parent Permission form for Snacks/Foods in the ClassroomThis form contains a list of foods used for food celebrations at school. Please evaluate the list based on your child's needs. Please be aware that ingredients can change within brands, and it is the parents responsibility to maintain accuracy of the foods which your child may have. If you would like to modify your choices, a new form can be downloaded at sent to the Health Office at any time.
Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis NetworkThis website provides information regarding types, symptoms, treatment and awareness of food allergies. It is easy to navigate and is a great place to find education and research. The information regarding camp,school,childcare is very helpful. Recipes and food allergy alert information is also provided.