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Food allergy in children, Food allergy, Day care centers -- United States -- Safety measures


As educators and researchers, throughout our work with young children and families, we authors have cared for children who were prescribed an epinephrine auto-injection device to be used in the case of a severe allergic reaction. However, it wasn't until we actually had to consider using such a device, commonly referred to as an EpiPen-a popular brand of epinephrine auto-injector-that we realized the care plan for these children was unclear. In many ways, the protocols and care-taking processes for managing severe allergies felt unlike those for many other medical concerns due to the instantaneous life threatening nature, immediately needed reactions, and unestablished protocols in our field. Most important this uncertainty could cause a lack of overall safety for educators, children, and families.


This is the published version of the article. Due to copyright restriction several of the photos used in the article have been removed.

A definitive version was subsequently published in Young Children. Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Young Child Journal, 71(4), 26-31.

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