Allergies in childhood has always been somewhat common, but they are much more prevelant now! Here is some helpful tips on handling your child’s allergies.
Make sure you read all food labels. Teach your children which food triggers to avoid and have them help out in their health. Keeping track of all food may seem daunting, for sure, but once you figure out which brands, foods, and products are safe, you’ll have a lot less work to do.
Giving family members over the holidays of which foods are safe is a good route to take. Holidays can be very doable if you take steps to prepare before-hand.
Many restuarants now list ingredients on-line. Find safe places to eat.
Let me share some symptoms of a severe allergic reaction:
1. Tinging mouth with burning or itching.
2. Itchy skin or hives. Hives are often red patches that itch and burn.
3. Swelling or puffiness on the tongue, lips, face, fingers, or any other part of the body.
4. Shortness of breath, wheezing or chest tightness. Sometimes their chest can feel heavy or constricted. They may also say they feel a lump in their throat.
5. Tummy pains, rumbling, nauseousness, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, swelling and distention, or a lack of apetite.
Make sure other adult caretakers are aware of your child’s allergies
Let teachers, babysitter, counselors, camp employees, and other family members know about the allergies. Let them know their symptoms of an allergic reaction and let them know what the symptoms of a severe allergic reaction are. Give them phone numbers and an action plan.
Emergency phone numbers, benedryl or epi-pen. For for less life-threatening reactions, the homeopathic Apis can be helpful when the allergic reaction causes swellings around the body, especially the lips.
If you suspect allergies and have not been to a doctor, make sure to do that!
Allergy testing is essential. Even food allergy testing can be life-changing!
The doctor will be aware of their reactions and monitor for improvement or worsening.
They can teach you how to manage reactions quickly and effectively.
Make sure your child is educated to tell an adult immediately if they are not feeling well.
Follow your doctor’s emergency directions.
Make sure you always have your emergency medications on hand. If an epi-pen has been prescribed, carry this with you. Especially if your child has life-threatening allergies.
Follow with immediate medical care. Have your child monitored even after your emergency protocol has been followed. If the allergen is still present in the system, after the epinephrine has worn off, they allergies can return. Make sure your child is properly monitored to ensure they are safe!
Know which foods they are allergic to. Know the common foods your allergen can be found in.
Don’t eat anything unless you know it is safe.
Don’t share foods.
Make sure you tell your child to tell an adult if they are unwell from allergens.