Did you ever receive a care package while away at camp or college?
Remember how excited you were to rip open the package and savor all of the goodies? Cookies, books, letters (back when people actually wrote letters), notes, pictures, your favorite snacks?
Your care package helped to make you feel a little more comfortable and secure in unfamiliar territory.
For many, food allergies is a new diagnosis and definitely unfamiliar territory.
“Sometimes my husband and I think we are alone in this world managing
our daughter’s allergies, but clearly we are not.” ~ Tony and Una Edwards
To help you get started, I have compiled 3 food allergy basics and several blog posts in the form of a care package that I hope will assist you in the journey of navigating your or your child’s food allergies.
Whether you have questions about food allergy testing, epinephrine auto-injectors, dining out or sending your child to school, I hope these posts will be informative and reassuring to you and the people in your child’s Food Allergy Circle which includes relatives, caregivers, educators etc.
“I wish every skeptic could read your book and have their hearts and minds
enlightened by the stories from your book.” ~Sharon Wong
Are you ready? Let’s start…
First, the basics.
The 3 E’s of Food AllergiEs
-Learn about food allergies including how to prevent, recognize and treat an allergic reaction.
-Teach food allergy basics to your child and members of your child’s Food Allergy Circle including relatives, caregivers etc. (Resources)
-Drug of choice for anaphylaxis which is an allergic reaction involving 2 or more body systems (skin, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal).
-Have at least 2 doses readily available at all times.
-Auto-injectors include the EpiPen, Auvi-Q (Allerject in Canada) and a generic.
-Check for EpiPen and Auvi-Q savings programs with special copays good until 2013.
- EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN
-A 1 or 2 page document detailing how to treat YOUR child’s allergic symptoms in addition to contact information.
-To be completed by your child’s healthcare professional.
-Available at Food Allergy Resource and Education (FARE), Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) and some schools.
Next, the blog posts which are listed below.
P.S. While you’re at it, take a look at my new book, A Little Bit CAN Hurt: The Shocking Truth about Food Allergies — Why We Should Care, What We Can Do which provides insight into living with food allergies from families and community professionals.
Food Allergy Tip #1
10 Food Allergy Back to School Tips!
Food Allergies- 9 Dos and Don’ts of Dining Out
10 (More) Food Allergy Back to School Tips!
Food Allergy Care Package
Food Allergy Tip #2
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