How do I deal with my child's food allergies?
June 6, 2012 9:43 AM Subscribe
My 15-month old son is allergic to egg whites and peanuts. How can I keep him safe?
posted by chickenmagazine to health & fitness (20 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
We're taking him to an allergist soon, and we just got a prescription for an EpiPen that we will keep at home and at daycare. Right now we mostly control what foods he is exposed to, but I'm worried about what may happen when we visit other places and homes, not to mention what will happen as he gets older and becomes more independent. So far his reaction is not anaphylactic-shock severe, and he seems to be okay when there are peanuts nearby, but I know that with repeated exposure his reaction may get worse.
For anyone else out there who has food allergies or children with food allergies, do you have any advice or resources you'd recommend? Are there any traps for the unwary that you've run into? (For instance, I found an AskMe thread from someone with severe peanut allergies who was nervous about flying since planes often serve peanuts.) How do you make sure everyone knows about the allergies? Does your child wear a Medicalert bracelet? Do we need to remove all peanut products from our home? What about eggs?