PS: Santa loves allergy-friendly cookies & candy too!
Holiday Safety Tips for Food Allergies
Dinner at your house:
- Plan out in advance what others will bring and assign dishes that are less likely to contain the allergen
- Be in charge of all the baking to help reduce any issues
- Find out if they’ll buy the item or make it from scratch, and let them know brands that are “safe”.
Looking for helpful TIPs to make grocery shopping for food allergies safer, easier & cheaper? Here’s our list of 8 food allergy shopping mistakes to avoid…
1. Assuming the product is safe because you’ve used it before. Manufacturing & ingredients can change! Kellogg’s change of ingredients is a great example – they started using peanut flour in some of their sandwich crackers (visit FARE for more information about this).
Also, be sure to always read the ENTIRE label so you don’t miss important allergen information that might be stated in a different area. You can visit FAACT for more label reading tips.
Are you thinking about having your child attend a camp? Here are some options to help create a fun, and allergy-friendly experience this summer…
Consider attending a camp that’s focused on allergy safety.
Here are some things you can do at the end of this school year…to help provide a safer start for the next school year.
If your child attended school or preschool this year:
Now’s the perfect time to express your gratitude, for their help in keeping your child safe. If you feel your child’s teacher, nurse or principal did an excellent job working with you and your child’s food allergy…be sure to let them know about it! Everyone likes to hear “thank you” and feel appreciated.
Are you part of the “Allergy Free Family“? We don’t want you to miss any of our Food Allergy TIPs – Just enter your email in the box to the upper right and join the family today. And when you do…you’ll get our two free printables (Tips for Parents & Tips for Teachers) immediately sent to your inbox!
We’ve listed a few things you can do to help increase food allergy safety. Be sure to ask your allergist if you have any questions.
Will your child soon be going on a field trip?
Here are some questions you’ll want to discuss:
- Is the location high-risk or allergen free?
- How will they get to the location?
- Will the students have access to food?
- Will the students pack or purchase lunch or snacks?
Do you sometimes question why your teen doesn’t remember a food allergy safety rule or how you can help them build their skills in self-advocacy?
While your child is gaining skills in independence, they’re still lacking full development of the brain. It’s actually the reasoning part, and can help explain why they seem to take more risks.
Think again. When I was in first grade I stood in line at the drinking fountain. “Steven” was a cutie in the class and he was next in line to get a drink from the water fountain. As he puckered his lips to get the water….I ran past the front of the line, up to the fountain and planted a kiss on those lips!
What was I thinking? No idea. Not sure if I was hit by cupid, double-dogged-dared or just trying to see if such a thing could actually be done. But I did it…and rarely do I admit it!
If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day Ideas that are perfect for ALL children, especially those with Food Allergies…be sure to check out our Pinterest Boards at www.pinterest.com/allergyfreezone. We have over 200 Allergy-Friendly Ideas on our Pinterest boards – Here are just 25 of them to make the classroom party FUN & Allergy Free!