Help! There’s A Student With Egg Allergies In My Class!

Teaching has always been a challenge but it can even be more challenging when one or more students suffer from an egg allergy. If you haven’t had one by now you will in the future. Food allergies in children are on the rise and egg allergy is one of the most common. Here’s how to cope.

Have A Detailed Talk With Parents

The parent of any child with an egg allergy should have talked to you and the principal in the summer break. If not, you are going to have to be the active one to find out the information you need to keep your student safe. Find out what your student’s symptoms are. Does the child carry an injectable epinephrine pen around? If the child is too young to give itself a shot, you need to learn how to do it. Is there other medication like antihistamines that the child needs to take right away?

Ban Egg Cartons In Class

Some children with egg allergies are so sensitive that just handling an empty egg carton can set off their symptoms. Never use empty egg cartons or egg crates for arts and crafts or for growing seeds.

Speak Up If Child Shows Symptoms

If a child you know has egg allergies starts to show symptoms, the child needs treatment at once. The child may protest and state that eggs were not eaten. The student may have been contaminated in other ways, such as sharing utensils with other children that can eat foods containing eggs. Children often do not like to be different in front of classmates, so you may need to quietly take the child to the nurse’s office. Do not yell at the child in front of other children. It’s better for you to be mistaken than for the student to suffer untreated allergic reactions.

Only Give Out Vegan Treats

Many school districts are banning certain foods because of food allergies. Some ban having birthday treats brought to school for all the class to share. If your school allows you to give out treats, only give out vegan treats. Vegan treats like cookies made from Just Cookie Dough Peanut Butter are easier to find on store shelves than egg-less treats. If you have many students with different food allergies, then ban food treats or rewards altogether.