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Prepare Your Kids For When Allergies Strike

By DuPage Medical Group Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

Children are curious about the things around them, including the new food their classmate just brought in. But what happens if a child has severe food allergies? How can a parent help protect their child even if they are not with him or her? Let’s take a look.

Talk to your child and help them understand what they are allergic to. Frequently review what they can eat and what they cannot eat. Also, help them understand what will happen if they are having an allergic reaction (hives, tight throat or lips, difficulty breathing etc.). Teach your child to wash their hands before and after eating with soap and water (antibacterial gel does not get rid of allergens). Finally, help them understand to never accept food from other classmates unless they are absolutely sure it is safe.

Have a Plan
Make a plan with your child, school system, or any other place your child will spend time, in case of an allergic reaction. If your child needs to have an epinephrine pen, make sure that the child understands how to use it or someone in the building understands. Also, be sure that the adult in charge or your child knows what to do after the epinephrine has been given.

Understand Substitutions
There are many companies that make products without common allergens (wheat, gluten, eggs, dairy etc.). Ask your grocer or look online for companies that make your child’s favorite food without their allergens.

Topics and Subtopics: Allergies & Children's Health

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