Current Allergy and Asthma Reports

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 304–310 | Cite as

Addressing Food Allergy Issues Within Child Care Centers

  • Harvey L. Leo
  • Noreen M. Clark


The prevalence of food allergies in the pediatric population has risen significantly in the past decade. School districts and advocacy groups have made progress in developing systematic approaches to address pediatric food allergies; however, the widespread variance in child care settings, organization, and staff training still presents unique challenges. Addressing these obstacles requires multiple approaches to policy and guideline formulation and dissemination. This review discusses current issues in food allergy prevention and education in child care settings and offers potential solutions.


Child care Preschool Food allergy Children Policy Education Anaphylaxis Development Pediatric 



The authors would like to thank Susan Gall of the University of Michigan Health System Children’s Center and Nan Mastie of Gretchen’s House Child Development Centers as well as the staff and personnel of each of these centers for their input and cooperation.


Dr. Leo has served on an expert panel on developmental feeding for Pfizer Nutrition Services.

Dr. Clark reported no potential conflicts of interest relevant to this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Managing Chronic DiseaseUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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