Managing your child’s food allergy in childcare services - Webinar
Do you have a child in a children’s education and care service?
Join us to find out what Allergy Aware CEC services should be doing to manage the risk of anaphylaxis.
Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) is partnering with the National Allergy Strategy to hold a webinar about how to manage food allergies and anaphylaxis in children’s education and care (CEC) services such as childcare centres, preschools, and long day care.
The webinar will include a short presentation from Dr Katie Frith, paediatric clinical immunology/allergy specialist and Ms Maria Said, CEO of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia and Co-chair of the National Allergy Strategy. The presentations will be followed by a live question and answer session where you can have your questions answered. Dr Merryn Netting, an experienced allergy dietitian will also be available to answer questions.
When: Wednesday 6 April 2022
Managing your child’s food allergy in childcare services - Full webinar
Dr Katie Frith - Understanding the risks
Maria Said - What does it mean to be allergy aware
Can my child have an allergic reaction if another child has had peanut butter on their hands and they're playing with the same equipment?
We're repeatedly given action plans from parents that are in black and white. We ask for a coloured plan as per the Allergy Aware website or give a colored blank plan to give to a doctor. But parents have difficulty getting repeat appointments and often they don't wanna go back to get these completed. Can we use the black and white plan or should we insist on a coloured plan?
My child has a milk allergy and they've already had one reaction in childcare because they were given milk. I've asked the centre to go milk-free, but they won't.
The centre will outsource a chef to cook all the foods which will be delivered to the centre. They do not allow families to bring in food. My child is anaphylactic to wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, and egg, and highly sensitive. Is it unreasonable to compromise and ask that they will eat food cooked from home
Will a child having a mild to moderate reaction regularly through contact with food, through contact on play equipment and things, and ingesting traces on toy surfaces increase the severity of their allergy?
Can the severity of a child’s food allergy change over time? If it’s a low allergy can this increase? Can a child ‘outgrow’ an allergy?
Can extremes in temperature (such as cold) cause anaphylaxis?
At our preschool we have a range of strategies in place to ensure our children with allergies are safe. One of these is storing the children with allergies' lunch boxes separately. So not in the fridge, but in in a cooler bag. Is this best practice or not necessary?
My son has anaphylaxis to peanut, egg and milk. He had anaphylaxis at day care recently. The centre is on high alert but is now calling me almost daily to check whether to give an antihistamine for hives. I have suggested giving the antihistamine to my child before they go outside, which is every day really. Would you recommend giving antihistamine to prevent hives in this way?
I teach first aid in an education and care setting. What is the best way for me to explain antihistamine doesn't stop anaphylaxis, but is often part of the action plan?
Could you please clarify food products that say they may have traces of tree nuts which can be found in food products but not found in the ingredients?
I am a food provider at a school and find the separation of meals sometimes makes the students feel uncomfortable. Is there any suggestion on how to make them feel comfortable? We generally pack, seal and label any dietary needs at mealtimes.
I’m a first aid trainer, and I always feel concerned when I have childcare kitchen staff come in for anaphylaxis training. Although this training is interesting, given they have little to do with the children, but all to do with food preparation, is there a specific food handling course that deals with allergy and anaphylaxis that I can refer them to?
This webinar is one in a series of webinars held by A&AA in partnership with the National Allergy Strategy. Visit the National Allergy Strategy’s Allergy Aware website for further information about the parent/carer webinar series.
Katie is a paediatric immunologist and works at Sydney Children’s Hospital (SCH), Randwick.
Katie is an active member of ASCIA, the peak professional body for immunologists in Australia and New Zealand. She is the current chair of the ASCIA anaphylaxis committee, chair of the 33rd ASCIA conference and a member of the ASCIA paediatric committee. She has recently been involved in the development of the ACSQHC Acute Anaphylaxis Clinical Care Standard.
Maria is the Chief Executive Officer of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA). She is a Registered Nurse and is Co-chair of the National Allergy Strategy.
Maria has been a member of A&AA since 1993 when her son was diagnosed with severe atopy (allergic disease) including food allergy. As a volunteer, she became national President of the organisation in 1999.
Maria is an advocate for individuals who live with allergic diseases including food allergy and the risk of anaphylaxis. She shares information on the mission of the organisation and the consumer perspective with teaching and health professionals, the food industry, federal and state government departments and the Australian community. Maria is internationally recognised and respected.
Merryn is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and NHMRC Early Career Fellow based at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.
Merryn is an experienced paediatric dietitian with over 30 years of clinical experience. Her research is focused on the long-term effects of early life dietary patterns, specifically related to prevention of food allergy.
Merryn works closely with A&AA through her work on the National Allergy Strategy steering committee.
Content updated April 2022