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Focus On - Allergy Week

14/05/2014
Allergy week runs from 12 – 18 May.  The theme for this year is ‘Be Aware. Show you Care’.  At Kruger State School, we have a number of students who have allergies ranging from mild to serious.  Australia has one of the highest incidences of food allergy in the world, and 1 in 10 babies born in Australia today will develop a food allergy.
 
The following is a brief description of the reactions that some people may have:

MILD TO MODERATE ALLERGIC REACTION

·     Swelling of the face, lips and eyes
  • Hives or welts
  • Tingling mouth
  • Stomach pain, vomiting

SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTION (Anaphylaxis)

·      Difficult/noisy breathing
  • Swelling of the tongue
  • Swelling/tightness of the throat
  • Difficulty talking and/or hoarse voice
  • Wheeze or persistent cough
  • Persistent dizziness or collapse
If your child has allergies, please ensure that the school is aware of this and has a current Action Plan.
 
For more information, please go to www.foodallergyaware.com.au and read the fantastic resources that are available.