5 Tips For Children Going To School With Peanut Allergies

Millions of people the world over have allergies in some form or another. The lucky ones will suffer only some irritating symptoms such as a runny nose or sore eyes, while for the unlucky few it can be much more severe.

Some allergies can trigger asthma attacks so extreme that the victim has to be rushed to hospital, and then there are others more serious still which can kill a person.

For thousands of children, allergies to nuts are an everyday nightmare. As parents it is our job to protect our children and make sure we keep them as much out of harmís way as possible.

Those of you who are new to dealing with such allergies may be worried and seeking advice on how best to deal with it for your own sake and the sake of your child. In this article you can find some handy tips and advice which can help you navigate the allergy minefield.

Our first tip is to be wary of cross-contact. A lot of the food we eat may not contain nuts or ingredients which use extracts from the various nuts available, however the factory in which they are made may also create products that do make use of nuts as an ingredient and this can cause cross contamination between the two products. 

Fortunately it is the law that all food manufacturers must state on their labels if any of their products are manufactured in a place where other products containing nuts are created.

Sticking with the subject of food, our second tip is about the change of recipe in a product. It is not uncommon for manufacturers to change the recipe of their food products which may inadvertently introduce new ingredients containing nuts. So once again, always check the label.

Third on our list is to be more cautious when you purchase skin and hair care products. It is fairly common for these types of household goods to contain nuts in some form, and depending on how severe your reaction is to nuts you may find that they can be just as bad as ingesting nut based foods.

The fourth piece of advice we have is to always make sure your child carries an Epi-Pen and knows how to use it to inject themselves. An Epi-Pen is essentially an adrenaline shot and could make the difference between your child having to be rushed to the hospital or spending a few hours in bed to recover from the shock.

Lastly, but certainly not least, make sure that your childís school, friends and any other person who they may come into contact with, knows about and understands their allergy to nuts. This can greatly decrease the chances of your child from being in contact with products which trigger an allergic reaction.

These are the best tips we recommend you follow. As an adult it is awful having to suffer with allergies but as a child it is even worse because the reaction can have much longer lasting side effects. Always err on the side of caution and double check your labels.

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