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Infant - URGENT- Supporting Children with Medical Needs. Action Required

Dear Parents

 

One of the children joining our reception class has a worrying history of time in intensive care related to her allergies and carries life-saving medication with her every single day. Contact with ingredients she is allergic to will result in critical medical attention. We have been working with the family so that we do everything we can to reduce the risk of a severe allergic reaction occurring on school premises.

 

This child is severely allergic to nuts, sesame seeds and kiwi fruit.

We need your help to protect this child so that we minimise the risk of allergens coming into the school.

 

The following items are NOT to be brought into school:

 

  • Sesame bagels
  • Sesame topped buns and bread
  • Sesame crackers and crisp bread
  • Sesame breadsticks
  • Sushi
  • Sesame snap biscuits
  • Houmous*– Tahini (sesame seed paste) is a key ingredient in houmous and is highly concerning based on history of contact.
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Nutella
  • Granola/cereal bars containing Nuts
  • Naked Bars – these are made with cashews
  • Pesto
  • Nut wafers, biscuits, cookies and treats

 

This list is by no means extensive but it gives a good idea of the sorts of items to avoid.

 

Below is a message from the child’s parents with some hints and tips on how you can further support them and make sure that this child is safe. This could act as a quick checklist for you to make sure we have the best chance of minimising risk amongst the children.

 

Things you can do to help us at school:

 

  • If your child consumes nuts, kiwi and/or sesame at home before school – Toast with peanut butter, nut butters, almond milk, Nutella etc. or cereals like Krave, Crunchy Nut Cornflakes etc. then please ensure they wash their hands and face before coming into school so they are not inadvertently bringing it into the classroom. Our daughter will react if she comes into skin contact with these allergens so these extra steps on checking your children before they come in can really help.

 

  • Packed Lunches – please do NOT send in items as listed above and if you cook or bake with nuts, nut butters, sesame seeds, pesto or Tahini then please don’t send into school for children’s lunches/treats to share.

  

  • Please consider any ad-hoc treats you send into school – chocolates containing nuts in Christmas cards, birthday treats for classmates etc. It tends to be the kind gestures out of the norm that can sometimes create the most risk.

 

  • Talk to your children about allergies. I will work on some fun ways to raise awareness, but the children are only young so any chats we can have with them to explain that some people have allergies and can’t eat certain things will definitely help those children with allergies to feel supported and understood (especially if they have to miss out!)

 

As parents of a child with severe life-threatening allergies it can be incredibly hard to not live in a constant state of fear. We are beyond grateful for anything you can do to help keep our daughter safe in school.

If you have any questions or just would like to learn more then please get in touch with the school and we’ll be happy to help.

Many thanks

 

PLEASE SEE BELOW THE GOOGLE FORM WHICH EACH PARENT/ CARER NEEDS TO SIGN SO THAT WE KNOW EVERYONE HAS RECEIVED THIS INFORMATION, READ AND UNDERSTOOD IT.

 

Thank you for your support

 
Mrs E Peal
Head Teacher

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