Having a child with food allergies can be frightening at times.

Here are 4 things you can do to decrease the fear of your child having an allergic reaction.


Face the fear

  • Acknowledge the fear.
  • It can be scary.
  • Food allergies may be new to you and your family.
  • You may not have a medical background and may be concerned about when or how to treat an allergic reaction.

Get the facts

  • Learn about food allergies
  • Ask your child’s doctor for resources, websites, book, magazines and webinars.
  • Learn how to prevent, recognize and treat a reaction
  • Make sure that your resources are reputable.


Get support

  • Studies have shown that having supportive understanding friends can be helpful..
  • Investigate local or online support group
  • Find a few understanding and empathizing friends.
  • If the fear starts to interfere with your daily activities, you may want to seek professional help.


Take Action

  • Always have epinephrine to treat an anaphylactic reaction and call 9-1-1..
  • Stress the importance of hand washing.
  • Strict label reading.
  • Consider removing food to which your child is allergic from the home or having specific shelves/utensils for your child if you choose to bring their allergens into the home.
  • Possibly organize food allergy training at your child’s school or daycare.


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