Talking to schools about your child's food allergies

Joyce Machin, Pediatric Occupational Therapist, shares advice for parents on how to best talk to schools about your child's food allergies to make sure the school is prepared in case of emergency
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Talking to schools about your child's food allergies

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I think one of the best ways to talk with schools or insure my daughter's safety it to be prepared. Go in knowing that who are the key players at your child's school. For example, what I've done is I've met with the principal, the school nurse, and the teacher before school starts. That doesn't mean the day of school, it means the week or semester before schools starts. Knowing what their policy is, I make sure the school office, as well as the classroom has her medication. I've worked alongside the nurse to train how to administer an epi pen, what my daughter's allergic reactions look like, and also, how it can be. Ideally, the best thing you can do to insure their safety is be prepared, know that you are the best advocate and what you do can insure your child's safety in school.

Joyce Machin, Pediatric Occupational Therapist, shares advice for parents on how to best talk to schools about your child's food allergies to make sure the school is prepared in case of emergency

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Joyce Machin

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Joyce Jung Machin is a wife and mother of two beautiful girls - Maya and Ella. She is a pediatric occupational therapist with over 15 years of experience. She's been able to travel to many countries, complete triathlons, and work with orphans overseas. By far, her greatest pride is her family.  Maya, seven years old, has multiple food allergies - wheat, dairy, fish, shellfish, nuts, tree nuts, and sesame. Joyce’s love for cooking has allowed many well-loved family dinners that are safe for all.

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