Northwest Arkansas Schools Make Accommodations For Allergies

Posted: March 3, 2014 at 5 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO ANTHONY REYES Trays are stacked and numbered Thursday at George Elementary School in Springdale. Each grade is numbered for students to keep the correct amount of food prepared for lunch.

Megan Gillespie could die in a minute if she ate a tree nut, such as a cashew or walnut.

At A Glance

Common Food Allergies

• Milk

• Eggs

• Soy

• Wheat

• tree nuts

• Fish

• Shellfish

• Peanuts

Source: kidshealth.org

By The Numbers

Allergies In The U.S.

4 to 6 percent — Number of children affected by food allergies.

18 percent — Increase in the prevalence of childhood food allergies from 1997 to 2007.

88 percent — Schools that had one or more students with a food allergy in 2006.

25 percent — Allergic reactions at schools in children who have not been diagnosed with a food allergy.

16 to 18 percent — Children with food allergies who have had an allergic reaction after accidentally eating a food allergen at school

14 — Number of states with formal guidelines to improve the management of food allergies in schools

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

At A Glance

Childhood Food Allergy Symptoms

• Tongue or mouth is tingling or burning.

• Tongue or mouth itches.

• Tongue feels like there is hair on it.

• Tongue feels full or heavy.

• Lips feel tight.

• Throat feels thick.

• Feeling of a bump on the back of the tongue or throat.

• Feeling of something stuck in throat.

Source: cdc.gov

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