The Allergist's Role in Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Management in the School and Childcare Setting

Julie Wang, Theresa Bingemann, Anne F. Russell, Michael C. Young, Scott H. Sicherer

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Anaphylaxis and food allergy management in childcare facilities and schools are growing challenges. An increasing number of children experience severe allergic reactions on school grounds as evidenced by reports of epinephrine use. Data also suggest that the prevalence of food allergy may be increasing, with a large percentage of school-aged children at risk for anaphylaxis. Moreover, anaphylaxis may occur for the first time in a previously undiagnosed child at school or childcare setting, suggesting that general preparedness is essential. Management includes strategies for minimizing the risk of reactions and allergen exposures as well as readiness to recognize and treat allergic reactions of any severity. The primary objective of this report is to offer health care providers an overview of relevant evidence, resources, and expert opinion to assist with developing interprofessional collaborative counsel on school food allergy management and anaphylaxis preparedness with families, schools, and childcare settings. We present the current evidence base, suggest resources, and highlight areas of current controversy that warrant further study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-435
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2018


  • Allergic reaction
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Epinephrine
  • Food allergy
  • School


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