THE FOOD ALLERGY & ANAPHYLAXIS NETWORK (FAAN) SPECIAL FOOD ALLERGY ALERT NOTICE
Airport Security Alert
What Allergic Passengers Need to Know
August 10, 2006
Because of heightened security measures in airports, the Transportation
Security Administration has announced that: "NO LIQUIDS OR GELS OF ANY KIND WILL BE PERMITTED IN CARRY-ON BAGGAGE. ITEMS MUST BE IN CHECKED BAGGAGE. This includes all beverages, shampoo, suntan lotion, creams, tooth paste, hair gel, and other items of similar consistency. Exception: Baby formula, breast milk, or juice if a baby or small child is traveling; prescription medicine with a name that matches the passenger's ticket; and insulin and essential other non-prescription medicines." Check with the Transportation Security Administration at http://www.tsa.gov for the latest information about restricted items.
FAAN has these recommendations:
1. If you carry an epinephrine auto-injector, or other prescription medication, be sure that the pharmacy label is attached, and that the name matches the passenger's identification. Carry a letter from your doctor that explains the need for this medication. A sample letter is available on the FAAN Web site at http://www.foodallergy.org/Advocacy/airlines.html
2. If you carry a liquid medication, such as Benadryl®, you may encounter close scrutiny. Before your trip you may want to ask your doctor about possible alternatives, such as self-dissolve tablets. Be sure to check the ingredients on any new medication. More information is available about self-dissolve tablets on the FAAN Web site at http://www.foodallergy.org/anaphylaxis/treatment.html
Pennsylvania's New Growth Screening Program
In the 2005-06 school year, students K-5 will now have their body mass index (BMI) calculated based on their annual height and weight screening. Click here to learn more about this new state requirement.
Parent Resources on Grief
Click on the following links for more information about children and grief and good mental health in children.
Other links that may be helpful include Connect With Kids , About Our Kids, National PTA, along with the list of links on this site.
It has come to our attention that some of our students have been purchasing high caffeine candy/mints. These products may be purchased over the internet. A popular type is known as “Bawls Mints”; they contain only 5 mg of caffeine, but because they are small, they are easy to consume. As an additional resource, the District health office has prepared a Caffeine FAQ.
Caffeine and Your Child-A link to the KidsHealth website.
Caffeine in the Diet-A link to the National Institute of Health Medline Plus.