Learning about food allergies

Photo by Karin Elton

South Dakota State University nursing student Ashley Weber makes sure Lydia Weverka, right, is using an EpiPen correctly as Mary Lanoue looks on.

Nursing students visited Marsha Culhane’s second-grade classroom Friday morning to talk about food allergies. “Just to make them aware of food allergies and what’s going on with their friends,” said Weber. With older versions of EpiPens, which are used to counteract allergic reactions, the user has to count to 10 while pressing the device to his or her outer thigh. With the newer injectors, an electronic voice counts down from five. A few of the second-graders thought the voice was “annoying.”