Advice for Children with Allergies
If you are a parent with a child who suffers from moderate to severe food allergies, sending a special lunch to school is often the best preventative measure to ensure your child’s safety. Not only can you plan a meal that is healthy but also closely monitor what your child is eating to avoid reactions to other foods that may contain allergens. If a child has a significant risk of anaphylaxis, it is the first line of defence.
However carefully you monitor what your child eats there is always the concern that they will come into contact with allergens outside the home, and the highest risk of that occurring is during the school day. While teachers and lunch supervisors do their best to adhere to allergy precautions, there is a chance that your child’s lunch may become misplaced or mixed up with someone else. And while that is a minor inconvenience for most children, for a child with severe food allergies it can be life threatening.
What steps can parents take to further reduce the risk of severe allergic reaction to food during the school day? There are a number of ways in fact to help ensure your child avoids unknown foods as well as ways to help educate your child to understand why they need to be careful.
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