Allergies and Chronic illness
Allergies: Food allergies can be life threatening. The risk of accidental exposure to foods can be reduced in a child care setting if centers work with the children, parents, and their physicians to minimize risks and provide a safe and educational environment for food-allergic students. In the case of allergies, families will work with the center to complete the Food Allergy Action Plan, in addition to the child’s Individual Health Care Plan. The child’s allergens will be clearly posted in the classroom and their identity concealed, unless parents give authorization otherwise.
Often times allergies are difficult to diagnose in young children, and reactions to different foods in infants, toddlers, and occasionally preschoolers are sometimes termed food sensitivities. These types of food sensitivities are not life threatening, but are associated with a number of symptoms, including itching, redness, swelling, gas, diarrhea, and/or blood/mucus in the stool, among others. They may develop into full-fledged allergies or children may outgrow the food sensitivity. At the Center, an individualized plan for food sensitivities will be created similar to any diagnosed allergies, as noted above. The Center also will request consent to post information about the food sensitivity.
The center takes every precaution to protect children with allergies and food sensitivities from their allergens. If they inadvertently come in contact with an allergen, they will be monitored closely and their Food Allergy Action Plan followed, parents contacted, and 911 called (if necessary).
Chronic Illnesses: Children with chronic illness will be monitored and if symptoms arise they will receive treatment according to their IHCP. For any breathing issues we will call 911.