NAPLES, Fla - The government has a new plan to protect kids from allergy attacks and local doctors say they're badly needed in schools.
The new federal guidelines could change what parents pack in their kids lunches. The plan, which went into effect Wednesday, calls on schools to:
- Identify children with food allergies
- Have a plan to prevent exposures
- Train teachers to use Epinephrine injectors
- Plan events without foods that might trigger a reaction
"You send your child to school for seven hours during the day and you want to know they're safe," says Sandy Bean, a Collier County mother.
Dr. Ron Purcell with Allergy & Asthma Specialists of Naples says food allergies are a growing problem in America and thinks the new guidelines are a good idea.
"There's still a lot of misunderstanding about food allergies," says Dr. Purcell. "People don't understand how serious it can be."
We checked, and in Collier County daycares must have a safety plan in place for every child with an allergy.
Sandy Bean's daughter goes to a preschool where students can't bring in certain foods if another child in class has a specific allergy. "She has a child in her class that has a severe nut energy so we can't bring in anything that has any nuts contained in the snacks," says Bean. "I think it's wonderful, anything they can do to protect kids."
The Collier County School District policy asks parents to report any food allergies their child may have, but doesn't restrict foods that other students can bring to school.