Practical Food Allergy Management Quick Guide.
Posted previously on kidswithfoodallergies.org, by Michael Pistiner, MD, MMS
Oral ingestion is the most common and serious form of exposure. Read labels to completely avoid even the smallest amount of the allergen. Check with your allergist for exceptions that they may recommend. Labels should be read prior to eating the food. Ingredients can change without notification. Get familiar with the current labeling laws and how they relate to your specific allergens. Avoid foods that contain advisory statements (processed in a facility, etc.) for the food allergen.
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Healthy skin helps keep allergens out of our bodies; some skin exposures can cause local hives. The smell of food does not cause an allergic reaction, but breathing in cooking vapors or powdered, crushed or dust forms of an allergen has been reported by some to induce a reaction. Theses types of reactions are typically mild, but in rare cases people have reported experiencing severe reactions.
The child, all caregivers and anyone responsible for food preparation should know about allergy. Consider medical alert notification jewelry.
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Educate all caregivers who have responsibility for the child. Include children in developmentally appropriate self management skills (hand washing, allergen avoidance, saying “no thank you”. Reporting symptoms, etc.)
Prevention and preparedness should be applied to every situation – always.
(A severe life-threatening allergic reaction): Be comfortable knowing which symptoms suggest a severe allergic reaction and when to use self-injectable epinephrine. This should be discussed with your healthcare provider. A written allergy action plan is very helpful.
A written allergy plan is very helpful in an emergency and in training others who care for your child. Ask your allergist to assist you fill out and explain the form.
Epinephrine is the first line treatment for anaphylaxis. Always have self-injectable epinephrine available. It is wise to have two doses at hand as some people may need a second dose. Discuss this with your allergist. Practice with training devices and make sure that you are comfortable enough to not only give epinephrine if needed, but to teach other caregivers how as well.
ACTivate Emergency Response:
After treating with epinephrine, call your local ambulance service and tell them that a child is having an allergic reaction and may need more epinephrine. (An ambulance should be called not because epinephrine is dangerous, but because the allergic reaction was severe, needed to be treated with epinephrine, and may need more treatment.)
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