Kids and Food Allergies
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Kids and Food Allergies

About 8% of all kids in the U.S.A. have at least one food allergy. And about 39% of kids with food allergies have had severe reactions that need medical intervention

Food is an important part of our kid’s lives. Birthday parties, summer cookouts, sleepovers, camping trips with friends. All these and so many more of the things our kids love to participate in also involve food as a part of the activities. Kids with food allergies can feel a little left out when they can't join in with their friends when it comes to going out for a burger or munching out at the sleepover. In this article I will try to provide some tips that will help your child enjoy good times but that will also keep him safe from a potentially serious health emergency.

About 8% of all kids in the U.S.A. have at least one food allergy. And about 39% of kids with food allergies have had severe reactions that need medical intervention. Many of these children have allergies to more then one food.

It can be pretty dangerous to suffer from this type of allergy. A severe allergic reaction can effect many body systems. This is generally called anaphylaxis. The symptoms are rash, hives, cramps, swelling of the lips tongue and throat, itching, vomiting, difficulty breathing and shock. A food allergy causes an immune response that affects numerous body organs. This can be severe and/or life threatening.

Teach your kids about their allergy and give them the tools to deal with it appropriately.

Be careful about the foods that you purchase. Read all labels of the foods you plan on bringing home. The Food Allergen Labeling Act requires manufactures to list all major food allergens that are responsible for about 90% of food allergies. Let teachers, scout leaders anyone that over see’s your child, know what foods must be avoided and why. Teach your kid not to swap food at school and to avoid sharing utensils. Make sure that the school has written instructions on symptoms and response to food allergies as well as how to administer any medication needed in case of an allergic reaction. Make it very clear that there cannot be any delay in administering treatment for an allergic reaction. Make sure you do not sign any waivers which may absolve the school or any other organization of responsibility when it comes to administering necessary treatment such as epinephrine.

When your child goes to a sleep over or other activity, be certain to talk to the parent of the the friend hosting the event and let them know what your kid is allergic to and what type of reaction will be observed if that food is eaten. Also make sure your child has his medication and instruct the host on how to administer it if necessary. Remember kids are a lot smarter then we think at times so be clear in explaining the do’s and don’ts to them when it comes to food allergies. If you teach them early on it will provide them with safe habits that will protect them regardless of where they are.


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Comments (4)

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