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Elijah's Law: A Vital Step in Protecting Children with Food Allergies in Childcare and Daycare.

Elijah's Law: A Vital Step in Protecting Children with Food Allergies in Childcare and Daycare Centers.


Food allergies have become an increasingly common concern for families in the United States, affecting an estimated 6-8% of children under the age of 18. While parents may take extra precautions at home to ensure their children's safety, it is equally important to ensure that their children are protected from the dangers of food allergies when in the care of others, such as childcare and daycare centers. This is where Elijah's Law comes in, providing a comprehensive and proactive approach to food allergy management in these settings.

Named after Elijah Silvera, a young boy who tragically passed away from an anaphylactic reaction to a dairy product, Elijah's Law is a New York State law that requires childcare and daycare centers to have written food allergy management plans and staff trained in the recognition and response to food allergies. This law represents a significant step forward in protecting children with food allergies and improving their quality of life.


Elijah's Law requires that all childcare and daycare centers have written policies in place to manage food allergies, including identifying the symptoms of anaphylaxis, having emergency medications readily available, and ensuring that all staff are trained in their use. This training is a crucial component of the law, as it helps ensure that staff are prepared to respond quickly and effectively in case of an allergic reaction.


In addition to these requirements, Elijah's Law also emphasizes the importance of communication between parents and the childcare or daycare center. Parents should provide the center with their child's allergy information and emergency medications, and the center should communicate regularly with the parents on their child's allergy management plan. This helps to ensure that all parties are on the same page and working together to protect the child's safety.


The implementation of Elijah's Law has been shown to have a positive impact on the

safety and well-being of children with food allergies. It provides peace of mind to parents, knowing that their children are in a safe and supportive environment, and it empowers staff with the knowledge and resources they need to respond effectively in case of an emergency.


Elijah's Law represents a crucial step in addressing the growing concern of food allergies in children and ensuring their safety in childcare and daycare centers Nationally. It underscores the importance of proactive planning, communication, and training in managing food allergies, and serves as a model for other states to follow in their efforts to protect the health and well-being of children with food allergies. With its positive impact and far-reaching benefits, Elijah's Law is a testament to the importance of taking food allergies seriously and providing children with the care and protection they deserve.


Parents need to know that under Elijah's Law, daycare centers must have a written food allergy management plan, and staff must be trained on how to respond in case of an allergic reaction. Parents should provide the daycare with their child's allergy information and ensure the center is aware of any emergency medications their child may need. The center should also communicate regularly with the parents on their child's allergy management plan.


Want Elijah's Law in your state? Reach out to us by sending an email to elijah@elijahalavifoundation.org



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