National School Lunch Week

school lunchIt’s National School Lunch Week–which can get complicated if you are a kid with food allergies.

The symptoms of childhood food allergies can range from uncomfortable to life-threatening. Mealtime can come to feel like crossing a minefield—especially when children have multiple allergies.

Though you may have learned how to help your child avoid food allergies in the carefully controlled environment of your kitchen, managing their allergies when they are not with you can be a different matter.

If your child attends school, your best course of action is to work in close conjunction with the school to develop a formal plan that includes:

  • Rules for storing your child’s snacks and lunch
  • Rules for eating snacks in the classroom (birthday treats, goodie bags, etc.)
  • A description of your child’s symptoms
  • An emergency treatment plan (See the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan on the FARE website for a great sample plan that you can print and use)

With the increased number of allergy cases among children, rest assured that you are among many parents who share the same thoughts and concerns.
If your child’s allergies are significantly cutting into their quality of life, there is hope beyond just avoiding problem foods. AllergyEasy offers sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) which has been shown to be effective in reducing food allergies.

SLIT starts with an allergy serum containing extracts of allergy-causing foods. The serum is taken daily under the tongue to help build a patient’s resistance to food allergens and minimize allergic reactions. AllergyEasy helps with dozens of food allergies including milk, egg, wheat, soy, rice, fruits and vegetables, and more. Contact AllergyEasy today to learn more about our food allergy treatment program.

About The Author

Stuart H. Agren, M.D.

Stuart H. Agren, M.D. completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1974. He completed additional training at L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and then established his private medical practice starting in 1975. Dr. Agren completed a mini-residency in Industrial Medicine at the Robert Johnson School of Medicine at Rutgers University and also completed training to become a certified Medical Review Officer.

Dr. Agren was the Medical Director at TRW and McDonnell Douglas in Mesa, Arizona and at Stauffer Chemical and Kennecott Copper in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University.

In his private medical practice, Dr. Agren specialized in family practice and allergy. In his work as a private practice allergist, he was one of the first doctors in the country to prescribe sublingual immunotherapy to his patients as an alternative to subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots). He has also been a trailblazer in the field of food allergy treatment and research, developing a program to treat multiple food allergies simultaneously using sublingual immunotherapy. Dr. Agren has been featured on local CBS, NBC, and ABC news affiliates and won the peer-nominated “Top Doc” award from Phoenix Magazine.

After 20 years in private practice, Dr. Agren became the Founder and President of AllergyEasy, which helps primary care physicians around the country offer allergy testing and sublingual immunotherapy treatment to their patients. Over 200 physicians in over 32 states use the AllergyEasy program to help their patients overcome environmental and food allergies and asthma.