Northwest Arkansas Schools Make Accommodations For Allergies
Posted: March 3, 2014 at 5 a.m.
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
• tree nuts
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.
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