Rule: What is a food allergy emergency plan?

Minimum standard rules for child care centers and homes (chapters 744, 746 & 747) identify the food allergy emergency plan as an individualized plan prepared by the child's health care professional, which must include a list of each food the child is allergic to, possible symptoms if exposed to food on the list and steps to take if the child has an allergic reaction.

How should the food allergy emergency plan look?

FARE Plan Template

There are no requirements that specify formatting of the food allergy emergency plan. Some health care professionals may have their own templates for child allergy plans. Operations may create and maintain formatting for food allergy emergency plans too. Regardless of the format, we will be evaluating these plans to ensure they include the required allergy information.

 

Technical Assistance:

Click here to view an example of a food allergy emergency plan template created by Food Allergy Research and Education (F.A.R.E.), which you can choose to use.

Consider This!

You are evaluating a child's food allergy emergency plan to ensure it meets minimum standard rule requirements.

You access the child's plan from her file and notice she has two food allergies identified on her plan. The plan identifies possible symptoms if exposed to food on the list and steps to take if the child has an allergic reaction.

The plan is signed and dated by the child's health care professional.

Does this child's food allergy emergency plan meet all minimum standard rule requirements?

 
 

  

 Consider This!

Lucy has multiple diagnosed food allergies. Does Lucy's parent need to provide a separate food allergy emergency plan for each food allergy?

 
 

Technical Assistance:

For children with multiple diagnosed food allergies, consider the following: