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School Transition Tough for Kids With Allergies


Reporter:  Danner Evans l Videographer:  Dan Heffner

Campbell Co., VA - Experts say the number of diagnosed peanut allergies cases in young people has doubled in the last 20 years. And going back to school can bring out some fear if your child has allergies.

Camden Osborne, 11, has a severe and potentially deadly peanut allergy. She always carries around a little black bag with her allergy medicine.

Her parents Steven and Kristi Osborne say they're very vigilant.

"It's 24 hours a day 7 days a week," Steven Osborne said.

"It's something that is always at the back of your mind because you know the seriousness of it, but those around you don't know the seriousness of it," said Kristi Osborne.

Camden's mom had previously been able to watch over her as because she was a teacher at Camden's elementary school. But now that she's moving up to 6th grade, her parents are a little nervous.

"Because up until kids go to school for the most part they are at home or with family members in very tightly controlled environments," said Dr. Joseph Lane, an allergist.

Lane also explained that a little preparation before the first day of class can help ease a worried mind.

"We usually tell parents to make sure that they inform the school of the allergy and the severity of the allergy," Lane said. "Most of the schools are aware of this because it is an increasing problem."

Dr. Lane suggests you also make sure the school nurse is stocked with the medications your child needs in case of an emergency.

The Osbornes are following doctor's orders -- making sure Camden's transition to middle school is a smooth one with her allergy.

"We've had really good communication with her teachers, with our school nurse and administrations having people trained in the school to use EpiPens," Kristi Osborne said.

"At school she is as good as anyone I've ever seen," Steven Osborne said. "She is cautious, she will talk to people and if she doesn't know what is in it or if a staff member or teacher hasn't read it and talked to us she won't eat it."

Camden actually has sat at a peanut free table in the cafeteria at her Campbell County School.

A lot of school systems have moved in that direction because of the sky rocketing cases of food related allergies.

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