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The 504 Plan for your allergy kid

max swinging at school

I studied and wrote many plans for individual student’s education called IEPs.
These are plans designed to meet the educational needs of your student that is receiving special education services.  There, however, is another plan out there that many may not know about and is just as important.

It’s called a 504 Plan, and you, if you have not yet, should really look into this plan for your child.

According to the USDA, “when in the licensed physician’s assessment, food allergies may result in severe, life-threatening (anaphylactic) reactions, the child’s condition would meet the definition of ‘disability’.”

FARE recommends that parents of children with food allergy create, in collaboration with their school, a written food allergy management plan. One type of plan is called a 504 Plan, which is available under a federal civil rights law, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Like I have stated many times before, I am not in a country that is yet versed or advanced yet for children like my son, so the school that we are attending is learning with my son’s very attendance on how to properly care for an allergy child.  I am grateful that they want to learn.  This is huge.

As an allergy-parent with a kid finally entering kindergarten alone, this is also a new and scary world for me, too.  Perhaps you are where I am.  Where your allergy-kid is attending, for the first time, public or private school, and you are not sure where to go or what to do to ensure your child’s safety.

Hopefully this post will help guide or direct you on how BEST you can advocate for your child’s educational care, safety, and needs.

The greatest thing you will also have to remember is that this is your right as a parent.  This is your student’s right as a student.  There is no shame in advocating for your child and seeking a plan to remind the school that they need to address his/her needs.  This makes you a mom or dad with the best mission of all: fighting for your child’s life while providing him/her the best education out there!

I hope you find the following information as helpful as I have:

What is an IEP?

Understanding 504 Plans

504 Plans for Food Allergies 

Section 504 and Written Management Plans (by FARE) 


Side note: a private school must be receiving federal funding in order for the need to comply to the 504 regulations.

If you have any other sites regarding children and education in regards to allergies, I’d love for you to link them in the comments.  Also, remember that sharing is caring because there are probably many other parents out there like you and me walking this road for the first time and in need of good and proper help and direction, so please share freely to help the moms or dads out there just like me!

Be blessed, fight hard, and keep that kid safe.




Food Allergy Fact: The Many Words That Mean MILK


Today I am going to share with you some information about Milk Allergies.

Here are some facts taken from foodallergy.org :

  1.  Approximately 2.5 percent of children younger than three years of age are allergic to milk.
  2. Sensitivity to cow’s milk varies from person to person. Some people have a severe reaction after ingesting a tiny amount of milk. Others have only a mild reaction after ingesting a moderate amount of milk. Reactions to milk can be severe and life-threatening (read more about anaphylaxis).
  3. Individuals who are allergic to cow’s milk are often advised to also avoid milk from other domestic animals. For example, goat’s milk protein is similar to cow’s milk protein and may, therefore, cause a reaction in individuals who have a milk allergy.
  4. Some brands of canned tuna fish contain casein, a milk protein.
  5. Studies have found that a very small percentage of children with milk allergy are also allergic to beef. Talk with your allergist to see if you should remove beef from your milk-allergic child’s diet.  (relation of meat and milk allergies)

Before we continue, this is how Maxwell Loren feels about all of his allergies 😉


Changing it up a bit, we will now take a look at words that don’t say MILK but mean that they are STILL milk (or byproducts of it).

It makes it really difficult when looking through products if you don’t know these words—and it makes for severe pain or difficulty for your child if you MISS these words.

So, here goes!  And, yes, it is extremely overwhelming.  And a HUGE kudos to www.kidswithfoodallergies.org for compiling such detailed information for children and parents like my Maxie Moo and me/Richard (as the parents), as we need it desperately.

Click on this link for an AWESOME and very comprehensive but ONLY 2-page, easy to read, PDF on MILK ALLERGIES AND HIDDEN WORDS.

I’m on my way to printing it out for me as I type this as well.


It will include words like:

Casein & caseinates,



Lactyc yeast




Oh…and so much more!

Again—to get the entire PDF, click on the above link:  Milk Allergies and Hidden Words.  You will really appreciate the list and all of the time and effort people put into it.

I hope that this helps your allergy journey—if even a little!

God bless,


P.S.  I know, I know…you are like me and want to hide from these things, but—since we can’t—let’s do this together as a TEAM—encouraging one another and sharing all of the information we can, so that we are better able to serve our children!

Speaking of hiding, here’s Max playing hide and seek with his precious sister, Josephine.  I found him!