- Be diligent about checking food labels for allergens. You will continually have to do this as your child grows and eats
- Birthday parties and play-dates can be a minefield. Try to find out the menu and check for potential allergens. To be on the
safe side, bring along a pre-prepared meal.
- Make sure that friends, the school and family are aware of your child’s allergy. Everyone in your child’s life needs to know how
to handle an emergency.
- As your child grows up, make him aware of the allergy so that he becomes self-trained in avoiding foods that spark the issue.
It will also help him understand the importance of taking his medication. Show him how to use it and teach him a simple way of explaining his allergy to friends.
- Create a little buzz around the allergy. Make it a special thing rather than something that separates him from others.
Good to know
Compile a little carry-card that goes everywhere with your child with this information:
- The food that causes the allergy.
- Symptoms of allergic reaction.
- Treatment in an emergency.
- Your contact information.