Understanding and Managing Allergies in Child Care

1 Clock Hour / 0.1 CEUs / $12.00

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Course Description

This course applies to children of all ages.

Wondering how to manage children's allergies in your early childhood program? This course will help you understand children’s allergies and how to manage allergies in your program. You’ll learn how to work with families to implement an allergy care plan to prevent allergen exposures and treat allergic reactions.

See the learning outcomes and topics below for more information on what is covered in this course.

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Understanding and Managing Allergies in Child Care
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Course formats

Most Care Courses are offered in both book (with required online component/testing) and fully online format. Understanding and Managing Allergies in Child Care is offered only in our fully online format. This course includes audio narration in most course sections.

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Acceptance information

This course is accepted for annual state training requirements in most states and for the CDA and for CDA renewal training requirements.

Information on specific states:

  • Maryland: This course is accepted for elective training hours.
  • Minnesota: This course is not accepted by MNCPD.
  • Nevada: This course is not approved for annual clock hours or to meet the Nevada requirement for training in medication administration and allergies.
  • Oklahoma: This course grants one hour of informal credit.
  • Washington State: This course is not accepted for Washington Merit or Washington Stars clock hours.

NAC training

The NECPA Commission, Inc. has approved this educational program as meeting the criteria for continuing education for the National Administrator Credential. Click here for more approved NAC training.

CACFP: CCNP Certification & CMP Certification

This course covers 1 hour in CACFP “Specialty 1. Nutrition” towards obtaining and renewing the CACFP Child Nutrition Professional (CCNP) certification and CACFP Management Professional (CMP) certification.

Learning outcomes

After completing Understanding and Managing Allergies in Child Care you will be able to explain the meanings of the terms, allergy and allergic reaction; identify the symptoms of both mild and severe allergic reactions in children; explain how children’s exposure to allergens triggers allergic reactions and how to avoid such exposure; and describe the appropriate response to a child’s severe allergic reaction, including the role of epinephrine.

Topics covered

  • The meaning of the terms allergy and allergic reaction
  • The types of foods and other substances that can trigger allergic reactions
  • Common types of food allergies in children
  • Symptoms of mild and severe allergic reactions
  • How children might describe an allergic reaction they are experiencing
  • Child care providers’ responsibilities in managing allergy symptoms
  • The importance of Allergy Care Plans for children
  • Components of an Allergy Care Plan
  • Proper treatment of mild allergic reactions
  • Steps for responding to severe allergic reactions including using epinephrine
  • Ways to reduce children’s exposure to allergens
  • The definition of allergy-induced asthma
  • Child care providers’ responsibilities in managing children’s asthma symptoms

Want to learn more? Read our blog about environmental allergies: Achoo! What to do about environmental allergies in childcare.


Must be able to fluently read and write English.

Instructional methodology

Read written material, view videos, listen to audio segments.

Assessment methods

Multiple choice quiz and written assignments.

What our students say about Understanding and Managing Allergies in Child Care

"Your courses [Understanding and Managing Allergies in Child Care, A Joyful Life of Caregivingand Principles of Child Development and Learning] are exactly what I need to fulfill my annual state requirements. Everything went wonderfully.” - Cortlandt Manor, New York

"The course [Understanding and Managing Allergies in Child Care] was great! It’s very important that I can do course work at home on my time :) at my own pace. I have done a few and plan to do more in the near future! Very informative and I’m still learning new things after being an early education teacher for 35 years." - Watertown, Massachusetts

Completion deadline

This training expires 12 months from the date of purchase. Courses must be successfully completed by their expiration date in order for the student to receive a certificate.

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