7 Life Hacks for Parents of Allergic Kids

Doctor William C Lloyd Healthgrades Medical Reviewer
Medically Reviewed By William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Written By Allie Lemco Toren on September 12, 2021
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    Surprising Strategies for Serious Allergies
    Raising a child with anaphylaxis-inducing allergies can be worrying and difficult. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening reaction to certain allergens, like foods, medications and insect stings. Because some allergy reactions are so severe, it may seem like your best option is to never let your kid out of your sight. But while allergies are very serious, these easy tips and resources can make it convenient—and even fun—to stay safe.
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    1. Be prepared with an allergy emergency action plan.
    Make sure there are no questions about your child’s allergies by creating an Allergy Emergency Action Plan. Along with your child’s name and age, include his or her allergy information and list symptoms to look for. You can even attach an image of your child for safety. This  Anaphylaxis Emergency Action Plan lists the steps to take in the event your child shows signs of anaphylaxis. Provide this document to all the adults in your child’s life—teachers, camp counselors, friends’ parents, grandparents—to ensure they can take care of your child should an emergency occur.
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    2. Don’t be afraid to label your child.
    Do you ever feel like tattooing your child’s allergy to his forehead—just to be safe? Well, this is the next best thing: some companies sell temporary tattoos you can write on to add allergy and contact information. They’re waterproof, sweatproof, and of course, hypoallergenic. Plus, they come with cool designs your kids will love.
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    3. Make a fashion statement with clothing designed for carrying epinephrine.
    It can be a headache to convince your child to carry her epinephrine with her at all times. Luckily, some companies have created a variety of clothing items with built-in epinephrine storage. With cargo pants, hoodie sweatshirts, and even necklaces, your child will love her outfit—and you’ll love knowing she’s prepared for an emergency.
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    4. Prepare an allergen-free goody box for the classroom.
    Classroom parties can be tough for children with allergies. At the beginning of the school year, provide the teacher with a “Goody Box” full of allergen-free treats. During classroom celebrations, your child can pick out a special snack. This way, he can join the party—and still be safe.
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    5. Dine out allergy-free and worry-free with an allergy info card.
    Cooking safe meals for your child can be difficult, but eating out at restaurants can be nerve-racking. Put your mind at ease by handing your waitress an  allergy info card. On the card, list your child’s allergy information clearly. And if you’re still nervous, don’t be afraid to speak to the chef to make sure your child’s meal is safe (and delicious!).
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    6. Help your child’s teacher help you.
    At the beginning of the school year, make sure your child’s teacher knows what’s required to create a safe classroom. Show her the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s  “Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools” so she understands the legal and medical aspects of anaphylaxis prevention. Remember, it takes a team to keep your child safe, and your child’s teacher is assistant coach. Work on a feasible strategy together to ease your mind when your child’s at school.
7 Life Hacks for Parents of Allergic Kids

About The Author

Allie Lemco Toren is a health writer and regular contributor to Healthgrades, where she also serves as Senior Health Editor. Her work has also been featured by ShareWIK Health Entertainment, WebMD, Everyday Health, and Food Solutions Magazine. A graduate of Emory University’s journalism program, Allie particularly enjoys writing about medical innovations, the mind-body connection, and thriving with chronic illness.
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