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Every school has students with some type of allergy whether it be food, drug, environmental or bees. The School/School Nurses must be notified by the parent that their child has a diagnosed allergy by their family physician. Epi-pens that have to be administered with these ANAPHYLACTIC (life-threatening allergies) must be brought to school on the very first day. There are expiry dates that the Nurse keeps record of and reminds parents of these.

An allergic reaction occurs when the immune system mistakenly believes that a harmless substance, for example, peanut butter in which the body thinks it is harmful and the body protects itself by starting to create antibodies to the food and releases massive amounts of chemicals and histamines which can resultm in mild symptoms such as: itchy, watery eyes, runny nose to more moderate symptoms of abdominal cramps, vomiting, diarrhea to more severe symptoms of swelling of the tongue and throat, hives, difficulty breathing , decreased blood pressure leading to unconsciousness and to death if not treated immediately.

Symptoms can happen very quickly. Students of each classroom along with teachers/support staff, bus drivers are all provided with ep-pen training and are directed in what to do in an emergency - call 9-1-1. The epi-pen reverses the reaction for 20 minutes. The epi-pen contains the medication, EPINEPHRINE which increases the heartrate, constricts (makes smaller) the blood vessels to that the histamines, chemicals aren't targeting the various body systems and it also relaxes the smooth muscles of the lungs to make breathing easier.

Everyone must always, upon entering a building check to see what restrictions of food are in place.

Links:

Ryan’s Law- asthma: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&BillID=3012

Epi Pen: http://www.epipen.ca/en

or call 1-866-797-000: https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-medical-advice-telehealth-ontario
 
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