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Tips for Your Allergic Little One’s First Day of School or Daycare

Posted Aug 06 2009 10:24pm
The first day of school or daycare is an exciting time for young children, but introducing food allergic little ones into a new environment can be dangerous. It is important to educate and remind your children’s teachers and caregivers about food allergy precautions and safety before they begin their new adventure.

Here are some simple steps you can follow to make sure that the transition into a new environment is a safe one for your child:

1) Schedule a back-to-school check up with your pediatrician or allergist to make sure that your current treatment plan is still effective.

2) Document your child’s allergies and treatment plan in school or daycare paperwork.

3) Provide teachers and caregivers with brochures and information on your child’s allergy to prevent accidents.

4) Create a one page “Cheat Sheet” with information about your child’s allergies for substitutes or new employees.

5) Discuss what to do in case of an emergency. Ask your pediatrician about keeping an EpiPen on-site. Be sure to train the caregiver on when and how to use one.

6) Make sure that your child fully understands what can trigger their allergy.

7) Look at upcoming lunch or snack menus and identify safe options, also provide the school with a list of safe foods that your little one can enjoy at any time.

8) If no safe options are available, pack food from home and warn your child not to share with their classmates.

9) Offer to bring in allergy-safe treats for holidays and special events. This way you know that your child is safe, and he/she won’t feel excluded from the fun!

Other tips? Let us know what you are doing to prepare your child for the upcoming school year.

- Nita

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