Sending your child to school or care for the first time when they suffer from severe food allergies can be a daunting experience. You are literally putting your child’s life in someone else’s hands. The harrowing story on 60minutes at the start of the month had me in tears (it was the same week as my daughter’s anaphylactic episode). Leaving your child is not only confronting for you but a huge responsibility for your child’s carer! Careforkids.com.au is a fantastic resource for both parents & child carer providers that provides information to parents on the training and education that childcare providers have received and a list of information you should provide to them so they can best care for your child. ASCIA was recommended to me by a dietitian and as I investigated their website I found they have 3 dedicated e-training programs specific to school & childcare, the community & health professionals. The programs were released in 2010 and aim to provide ready access to accurate and consistent anaphylaxis education throughout Australia and New Zealand at no charge. There is support and quality information out there if you go searching (there is also alot of crap), I hope that I can sort through some of it for you and link you to quality research and information! I will be sure to take a pic of Evie’s first day of childcare tomorrow….with smiles all round and no peanuts in sight!
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