Allergies can really throw a spanner in the works when it comes to kids. Food allergies can really restrict their diet and can become very problematic at meal times. Seasonal allergies, such as hay fever, can turn playtime into a bit of a nightmare!
It’s true that you will need to take some precautions if your kids suffer from allergies, but that is no reason to completely wrap them up in cotton wool.As long as you follow these great tips, your kids should be able to enjoy a regular childhood.
Food Allergies: Cook From Scratch
If your children are allergic to certain ingredients, it’s important that you cook all your meals from scratch so that you know exactly what is going into them. Even though any potentially dangerous ingredients are now highlighted in bold in the ingredients list of ready meals (such as peanuts or gluten), they may have been prepared in a factory that handles other ingredients so there could be some traces of other foods that aren’t listed in the ingredients. Rather than risk it, try and cut out all ready meals of your diet and start cooking more.
Seasonal Allergies: Identify Triggers
Different people suffer from different kinds of hay fever. Once you realise that your child has this allergy, you need to figure out which kind of pollen is affecting them. Then you can start to stay away from it. It’s also good to figure out the time of the year during which your child suffers the most. If possible, you should increase their medication during this period and try to limit their time outdoors.
Improve Your First-Aid Skills
It’s good for everyone to know some basic first-aid skills, but even more important that parents of children with allergies do. If your child requires an EpiPen, you should know exactly when and how to use it. It is also worth taking some CPR training in case your child ever collapses as result of a bad allergic reaction. Make sure that you always have your family doctor’s phone number too as this will make it quicker to contact them in an emergency.
Let All Your Children’s Carers Know
Anyone who looks after your children, whether they are a relative who regularly babysits or a school teacher, should be well-informed about their allergies. They need to know what triggers the allergies so they can keep the kids away from them, and they also need to know what to do in the event of an allergic reaction.
Plan Ahead For Travel
Whenever you go on holiday, make sure that you plan ahead. That means you need to ensure you will have enough medication with you during the trip. It’s also a good idea to find out where the nearest hospital or doctor’s practice to your accommodation is, just in case. If your kids suffer from severe food allergies, you also need to inform the staff if you are staying in a hotel or B&B.
Hopefully, these tips will help your kids lead normal lives!