Food Allergy Management and Education
Food allergy is a growing safety and public health concern. There is no cure for food allergies. Schools are faced with particular challenges due to the increasing number of students with one or more food allergies. Approximately 3 million children are at risk for life-threatening reactions from food allergies.
St. Louis Children's Hospital, with the generous support of DEY Pharmaceuticals, has launched FAME: Food Allergy Management and Education.
FAME is designed to:
- provide schools with the components of a comprehensive school-based food allergy program
- offer resources and materials to area schools and families on creating a safe, nurturing educational
environment for children with food allergies
- increase awareness that children with asthma and food allergies have an increased risk of anaphylaxis (a sudden, severe allergic reaction that involves various areas of the body simultaneously or causes difficulty breathing and swelling of the throat and tongue. In extreme cases, it can cause death.)
Basic Tips for Managing Food Allergies:
- See your doctor or allergist two times per year
- Get and fill a prescription for epinephrine. Always have an EpiPen at home, school and everywhere you go.
- Get a Food Allergy Action Plan (FAAP). This plan tells everyone what to do in case your child has an allergic reaction.
To learn more about FAME or managing food allergies, please contact us at 314.286.0947.
FAME is offered free of charge and covered by generous donations to the St. Louis Children's Hospital Foundation.