How to keep my allergic child safe

Melanie Melanie Hohman Friday, August 21, 2015

Many families are overwhelmed when they find out their child has food allergies. What to do? My son and I are anaphylactic. Food safety is very important to our family. Here’s some tips on how to keep your child safe:

• Keep food separate in the fridge and cabinets. We have cleared out unsafe items from our home, but if you need to have them…. store those items on the top shelves. I would recommend putting a large X on the containers with a black sharpie.

• Have a designated seat for your allergic child. That will help prevent some cross contamination on the table if you have unsafe food items in the home.

• If your child is allergic to peanuts, or tree nuts…be very careful with these items because the oils stick to everything. I would not recommend having this in the house. It also causes a problem baking with these since the particles go airborne in the oven.

Get a ID bracelet which identifies their allergies and what to do.

• Always carry an Epi-pen, even if you’re walking out for a few minutes. I have a customer who’s child went into shock at the park from contaminated monkey bars. Bring wet wipes and clean your childrens hands after using the play equipment.

• Encourage your child NOT to touch their eyes or mouth unless they have just washed their hands.

• Talk to their teacher, caregiver, coach, or babysitter about the severity and how to respond to a reaction.

• Teach your child not to share food. We are very strict about this to avoid mistakes and cross contamination.

• When you feel your child is old enough, teach them how to use an epi-pen.

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