If your child has anaphylaxis should he or she carry their own epipen® or anapen® to and at school?
If you have told the school that your child is diagnosed a risk of anaphylaxis you will receive a letter from the Principal.
What is anaphylaxis?
Anaphylaxis is a severe and sometimes sudden allergic reaction. If your child has been diagnosed by a doctor as being at risk of anaphylaxis there are some important things to remember that will help the school to support your child’s health care needs.
What is an EpiPen® and an Anapen®?
EpiPen® and Anapens® are the emergency treatment for children who are having an anaphylactic reaction.
Why you need to keep us informed if your child is diagnosed as being at risk of anaphylaxis or if his or her condition changes. This includes if they have an anaphylactic reaction while not at school.
The school can only respond to risks it knows about. Please keep the school informed so that we can plan to support your child at school.
Why you need to provide the school with your child’s current ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis and an EpiPen® or Anapen® signed by their doctor?
The plan sets out the steps the school needs to follow in an emergency. It is essential for us to have this to keep your child safe.
We will keep a copy of your child’s ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis stored with your child’s EpiPen® or Anapen®.
Why it is important to talk regularly with your child about some simple steps to help keep them safe?
It is important to regularly talk with your child about when and where they are at risk of contact with the things they are allergic to and how to avoid this. If you have told them not to take part in sharing food at school, regularly remind them of this.
Reassure them that if they do come into contact with something they are allergic to or they feel unwell at school they won’t get into trouble. They need to tell a teacher immediately.
Consider whether your child should carry their own EpiPen® or Anapen®
If your child has been diagnosed with anaphylaxis you can request that they carry their own EpiPen® or Anapen® to school and at school. A request form can be sent home and is also available from the School Office.
If you request that your child carry an EpiPen® or Anapen® with them to school and at school you will still need to provide the school with at least one additional EpiPen® or Anapen® for storage in a central location within the school and for access by staff in an emergency.
The school will contact you about any request you make for your son or daughter to carry their own EpiPen® or Anapen®.
Why does the school need to know if your son or daughter is carrying their own EpiPen® or Anapen®?
Staff need to know your child carries an EpiPen® or Anapen® in an emergency. For this reason this information will be included in your child’s individual health care plan.
They also need to be able to find it quickly so it is important that it be in an easily identifiable and accessible spot (eg. not a locker).
To find out more go to the Department’s public schools website: http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/studentsupport/studenthealth/conditions/anaphylaxis/index.php