When your child is diagnosed with a food allergy
it can be both frightening and overwhelming, but you can turn this confusion into confidence.
I’m Heidi Bayer and when my baby was diagnosed with multiple food allergies, I was just like
you. But early on, I found the right resources and support. Here are some important tips
from my experience that may help you keep your child safe and healthy. First, work with
your child’s doctor to understand their food allergies and the risk for anaphylaxis, a
life-threatening allergic reaction. Second, always avoid their allergic triggers. Read
food labels to make sure they don’t contain their allergens. And when cooking or going
out to restaurants, make sure meals are prepared so that there are no allergen contamination.
Third, if medication is prescribed, like an epinephrine auto-injector, learn how it works
and when to use it. And, always keep your child’s epinephrine auto-injector nearby when
at the park, school or even if at a friend’s house. This is vital especially if meals or
snacks are served that you didn’t prepare. If an epinephrine auto-injector is administered
always seek medical care immediately. Finally, take advantage of the education resources
provided by Kids With Food Allergies, a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
KFA can help you build a better understanding of food allergies and teach you how to provide
allergy-friendly foods. Plus, you can find new allergy-friendly recipes and so much more.
To learn how you can turn confusion into confidence visit KidsWithFoodAllergies.org and share
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