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Confusing and scary times.  Here is a good start on what to do right after your child has been diagnosed.

A quick list of items to start with...

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  • Gather as much information about your child’s particular allergy.
  • Contact Poca of Dupage and purchase or view the school booklet prepared by Poca members and attend Poca meetings and meet other parents
  • Begin educating your family, friends and community about your child’s allergy and allergic reactions
  • Get an Epi-pen or AVIQ and learn how to use it. Check expiration date and review process every 6-month.  Make sure ALL caregivers have one and know how to use it.
  •  Join FARE (formerly known as Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) for a vast array of information
  •  Join FAACT (Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Connection Team)
  • Work with you MD/Allergist in creating an individual plan or 504 school plan for your child.
  • Contact your child’s teachers at the beginning of each school year and offer a packet of information about your child’s allergy.
  • Obtain a medical bracelet listing your child’s allergies.