Velez said more EpiPens and trained school staff would bring her peace of mind.
"We don't need five more kids to die from a food allergy before they can actually take action and know that this is serious."
Dr. Arias said there are several questions you can ask your schools to get a better idea of how they will take care of your child if they're having a severe allergic reaction.
Those questions include:
-How does your school typically train teachers and staff about anaphylaxis and the use of epinephrine auto-injectors?
-Who in your school is authorized to administer epinephrine to students experiencing a severe allergic reaction?
-Does the school keep auto-injectors on hand that are not prescribed to a specific student, i.e. stock them? Where are they kept?
-Where is the students' anaphylaxis plan kept?
Facts About Food Allergies:
-Most common foods for child allergies: tree nuts, egg, milk,
fish, shellfish, soy and wheat
-Some kids with severe food allergy are victims of bullying
-If you have food allergies, you should:
1. Read the label on foods to be sure you avoiding the allergen
2. Carry Epinephrine auto-injector with you at all times
3. Have a plan and share it with family and friends
4. Practice with the provided trainer
5. Call 911 after using the epinephrine auto injector
-Do not inject an EpiPen in veins, buttocks, finger, toes, hands or feet. It's to be injected only in the lateral thigh muscle.
-EpiPens come in two doses, Junior at 0.15 for 33 to 66 pounds and Adult at 0.30 dose for greater the 66 pounds