Peanut Allergy Precautions for Child Care Providers

Organizations that provide licensed childcare services need to take extra steps in protecting the well-being of the child in their care. Parents should be encouraged to equip their children with medical ID bracelets detailing their child’s allergies. Also, a part of the registration process for all new members should include a section asking for food allergies and these should be kept on file and be routinely updated. If a child has a diagnosed peanut allergy make sure they have given you all appropriate medications including antihistamines and injectable epinephrine.

Treating Peanut Allergies
There are three methods for treating allergic reactions to peanuts.

  1. Antihistamines: These drugs, such as Benadryl, can be administered to someone exposed to peanuts and can be beneficial in treating the symptoms of a mild reaction. Skin irritation caused by peanuts can be effectively treated with antihistamines. After administering antihistamines if the symptoms do not improve or progress further medical treatment should be given.
  2. Epinephrine: Most individuals with known peanut allergies will be instructed by their doctor to have an EpiPen on them at all times. Epinephrine, also known as adrenaline, is the only known treatment for severe reaction and works by constricting blood vessels, reducing swelling, and expands airways.
  3. Emergency Responders: If a severe reaction occurs and an EpiPen or similar device is administered and the allergy progresses or does not improve, immediately call 911 and seek medical attention.