Living with food allergies: How to keep your child healthy

It’s estimated that as many as one in 25, or 4%, of the population suffers from food allergies, and for reasons that aren’t properly understood, the prevalence of food allergies is on the rise.

Common food allergies include those to milk, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts (almonds, cashews, etc.), eggs, soy, fish, and shellfish. Allergic reactions to food range from a moderate itching of the throat to anaphylactic shock.

If your child has been diagnosed with severe food allergies, then you know just how important it is to keep a close eye on what he or she eats. Unfortunately, many adults and children who interact with your child may not be as familiar with food allergies and may offer food or candy, unknowingly, that can be potentially harmful or deadly to your child.

Here are a few tips, put together by the lovely people at N-Style ID, on how you can help your child live with food allergies and make sure everyone is on the same page:

    • Make sure every adult who interacts with your child knows what your child cannot eat. Help them understand exactly why it is so important that your son avoid peanuts or your daughter skip the soy. Explain how to check packaging for ingredients and allergy information.
    • Teach your child and other parents the signs of an allergic reaction so that no time is lost in case of an emergency.
    • If your child has an EpiPen, Twinject, or other medication let other parents know when and how these things should be used, as well as where they can be found: in a pocket, bag, etc.
    • Help your child understand their allergies. It can be difficult for children to not eat the same things their friends are, so help them understand what foods are dangerous and why. It can also be helpful for them to wear medical alert bracelets so those who are around them are more aware of these allergies.
    • Send your child to any activity with a good number of “approved” snacks and goodies.
    • Avoid homemade treats made by other parents, even if none of the ingredients are dangerous. This is important if your child is particularly sensitive to any trace of the allergen.
    • Include your child in the decision making when it comes to food. If they are provided with things that they have chosen, they are much more likely to eat them.

Helping your child live with food allergies does not mean that your child has to miss out on any opportunity. What it does require is a little extra time and attention, and a lot of help from other adults and parents to help supervise your child’s safety.

If your child or a child you care about has food allergies, you can win a complimentary medical ID for them from N-Style ID (medical jewelry for every occasion). The bracelets are seriously stylish so your child will look forward to wearing them!

Leave a comment below about what your child is allergic to and the creative ways in which you’ve let others know how to keep them safe and you will be entered in our random drawing to receive a complimentary bracelet. One winner will be chosen randomly on August 31st and provided with a discount code to use online. This giveaway has ended.

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