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Hello all,

 

I was just wondering what ideas you've all come up with to ensure that all staff are aware of children with allergies?

 

We've got a system in place but I'm looking for better ideas to implement.

 

Thanks,

duggy.

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For extreme allergies we have a photo on our nursery office wall of the child concerned.

 

I am talking about a little chap with a peanut allergy here, and we spoke to Mum about how she felt about a photo of him on our wall, but she was fine with it, anuything to help keep her child's condition in our thoughts and him safe.

 

In fact we did similar with a new diabetc and an epileptic.

 

I don't think us "regular" staff would forget but if someon else needed to take the session it was plain for them to see.

 

The little chap we have with a strawberry allergy, we are all aware of it and there is a note on our cupboard, but no photo

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I have (hopefully) attached the form I devised for my setting, and is displayed on our staff board. This is backed up with individual photos and IHCPs where required. Each child has a seperated folder that we can grab in an emergency, with all the relevant paperwork in it.

 

I have removed the children's names and DOB for purpose of posting, but left in the rest of the infrmation so that you can see what I include.

Important_Health_Information_allergies_blanked.doc

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All our children have their own laminated tablemat with their logo on (so they can recognise which is theirs) We have a child with a milk allergy and we have printed on his "No milk" then anyone who is giving drinks can see instantly.

 

We had a coeliac a few years ago and we had a 'flash' on the cracker barrel saying "NOT MICHEL" (He had his own in another box)

 

We had a similar 'flash' label on the wall in the kitchen when we had a child who couldn't have E102 a few years back.

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Hi,

 

I used to work in a nursery with several children with severe allergies, s in if you even suspected they may have had any contacy with forbidden food you called 999. What a stressful time that was. We had diet lists up in all rooms and the kitchen and office. The children with severe reactions had therir own lidded box with their own plate, knife fork etc and they even wore different coloured aprons. Now I know that this may seem extreme but we did have a few mishaps before we got to this stage, luckily with the children who weren't severley affected but unacceptable none the less. As a result of this we decided to use the separted aprons and cutlery. The children never seemed to mind, and we always explained to the group why the children had different coloured aprons and they all appeared to take it on board.

 

I remember one child who was dairy intolerant picking up a piece of toast from the floor, I don't think he ate any but I called his mum to advice just incase, I explained that the butter was soya, and she asked why I was calling so I had to explain that bread had milk in it. Her son had been eating bread with milk for months at home because Mum didn't realise xD:o

 

Also, while I'm talking about allergies, we had another child who had a milk allergy and kept flaring up at nursery and we couldn't find out why. His mum took him to see a specialist where we discovered that some balloons, yes balloons have some kind of milk product in them. Every days a school day :(

 

Rapunzel

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Thank you so much to everyone gor your ideas, and thanks for the form, eyfs1966 - very kind of you.

 

I do like the idea idea of the red plate, and the flash labels and placemats. We get the kids to colour in their own placemats so we could easily add to this.

 

I think I'll use a combination of all three, we could put, say: No Dairy for me, please make sure I have a red plate - if there's more than one allergy then we can just assign it a different colour.

 

Thanks to all of you, you've been really helpful!

 

Before I go, somebody told me that you must have a picture of the child on the allergy sheet in the kitchen - does anyone know if this is true?

 

Thanks,

duggy.

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very simply i have a white board and write on it daily the number of children that need snack

and who is in with allergies and what they are

this is then placed in the kitchen

 

the board is packed away daily

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