Understanding Food Allergy Education Needs in Early Childhood Schools
Fierstein, J.L., Chadha, A.S., Valaika, S.S., and Gupta, R.S. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (November 2019).
Background: Food allergies affect 5.6 million children in the United States, including about 8% of pre-Kindergarten children. Children in early care and education programs are at a particularly high risk for allergic reactions due to cross-contamination of foods, label-reading errors, and accidental ingestion. Early childhood educators need to be trained in how to manage food allergy risks and respond to allergic reactions, but much of the training they receive is modified from trainings for school-age teachers. This study looks at how often early childhood educators manage food allergies and what they need from food allergy trainings.