My child has just been recently diagnosed with a disease called eosinophilic esophagitis. This illness is basically caused by a food allergy that doesn't cause any external, noticeable symptoms (such as hives, trouble breathing, etc.) but if he has something he shouldn't, his digestive system is attacked in such a manner that worse case scenario, this disease could eventually lead to a feeding tube (praying and keeping high hopes that will not be an issue for us) My point is, his condition is very serious, causing many days of malaise, fatigue, vomiting, nausea, abdominal/chest pain, diarrhea, and debilitating pain. I have been called to pick him up from school for these symptoms MANY times! He missed over 20 days of school last year JUST for this condition. He is in kindergarten, going into 1st grade, and because he was diagnosed during the school year, and I was in the learning/dealing process, I feel like his teachers didn't really understand, and I'd often pick him up where he was just set in the middle of the classroom with a garbage can to vomit in front of all of his peers. It's embarassing for a child, and I'm sure will lead to teasing. Remember the pukey kids in school?? Yeah, so do I. Kids don't get it. Anyways, my point to this, is how should I go about educating his school/teachers/parents so that we don't have issues this coming school year? I think it's very important for me to educate my child as much as I can, and I realize it's no one else's problem, but I have such a hard time with this and I just don't know how to go about it. The biggest allergy is dairy, so this means no cupcakes for birthday celebrations, sitting out of ice cream socials, etc. I try to have the teacher let me know in advance if possible so that I can send vegan cupcakes/soy ice cream, whatever I need to accomodate my child in not feeling left out, but they don't always have advance notice from parents either. I also keep a stash of snacks that are dairy free with the teacher so that there is something there for him if need be. To what extreme do I go to educate the teachers/parents? How do you handle your child's allergy/illness?