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Understanding Allergies: Lifesaving Infromation for All Ages

food allergiesLife can be tough for kids with allergies and as is often the case, a little education can go a long way, which is why we love this recent story from about the 7 year old who helped diagnose an minimize an allergic reaction in his friend…

Maybe Ransom Duel has a future as a doctor.

Because when his friend started getting sick during lunch at Harritt Elementary, the 7-year-old knew he had to diagnose what was wrong before he could fix it. Also, knowing how to read helped.

That day at lunch, Ransom's friend, Sullivan Moore, also 7, thought another kid’s Nutella looked pretty good. So he ate some. The problem was Sullivan is really allergic to nuts.

"Sully has an allergy to all tree nuts, and he just thought it was chocolate," said Sullivan's mom, Patti Moore.

So when Sullivan started having a bad reaction, Ransom grabbed the jar of Nutella and starting reading the ingredients. Third one in, he found what he was looking for.

"I found 'hazelnuts,'" Ransom said.

He grabbed a teacher, who got Sullivan the medicine he needed.

There’s a young mind at work. Would your students, kids or clients know what to do? Learning ZoneXpress is hoping to spread the word about allergies so that similar stories will have similar endings! We have a range of materials that help inform and educate on food allergies and sensitivities. Materials include posters, presentations, DVDs and books. Currently we are working on some new tablets for peanut allergies and celiac disease. We’ll post an update when those are completed.

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