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The Peanut Allergy Controversey for Children in Florida

As youth football camp managers, we do everything possible to accommodate all children that want to attend our camps–period, full stop.  That includes kids with peanut allergies.

Peanut allergies can be life threatening.  In the most serious cases, a nut or peanut allergy can cause anaphylaxis (say: ah-nuh-fuh-lak-sis).  This is a severe allergic reaction in which a person’s blood pressure can drop, breathing tubes narrow and the tongue swells. People at risk for this allergy have to be very careful and need a plan for handling emergencies, when they might need to use special medicine to stop these symptoms from getting worse.   Children attending our camps have such circumstances.

Importantly, I hope that we determine WHY the incidence of life-threatening allergies, peanut related or otherwise, seem to be so prevalent among children the last ten years or so. 

What has caused the perceived increase in life-threatening allergies for children and families?

Here are articles regarding the Florida controversy and what parent’s are saying. 

Reuters: Peanut Allergy Stirs Controversy at Florida

Fox News:  Amid Protest, Florida School Stands Behind Tough New Peanut Allergy Regulations

Tom Finks
Executive Director, Pro Sports Experience

Pro Sports Experience manages Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles Youth Football Camps. 

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