A food allergy is a immune system response when our bodies come into contact with a certain type of food allergen. There is a scale of allergic reactions ranging from mild to severe, and it’s important to know the severity of your child’s allergy so you know best how to treat it. That’s why you should also teach your kids friends how to deal with their allergy as well, especially if it’s severe. They are the ones with your child more often than not, after all, in school and outside playing.
What are the common symptoms of an allergic reaction to food?
- Swelling of the lips or tongue or even the face.
- Wheezing, asthma
- Throat swelling
- Increased heart rate
- Stuffy nose, sinus swelling
- Anxiety, impending sense of doom
- Hives, skin rashes
- Itchy eyes
How should you teach kids about children and allergies?
Kids are curious and accepting little people, so teaching them about allergies is actually very simple and beneficial. Children with severe allergies often feel like an outsider from their peers due to the fact that they have to eat a special diet, and can’t have certain foods. This can lead to bullying from children who don’t know any better. That’s why you should take half an hour out of your day to educate your kid’s friends about allergies since once they see it’s nothing out of the ordinary, they’ll help look after other kids with allergies. Here are some simple and fun ways to teach younger kids about allergies.
Every child loves to play games, and so you can also create an easy game and let him know all about the allergens. All you need to do is create a series of flashcards with pictures of food that are easily recognizable. Along with this, make three color labels, one green olor that depicts the signal safe, one red that depicts the do not eat signal and the last one with yellow that depicts the ask more questions signal.
The game is very easy to play. All you have to do is pick up a card and ask your child about its name and then ask him to put it under one of the color labels. In this manner, your child will know about which food is safe and which is not. You can play the same game with his friends also so that even they know about the same.
It’s always fun to play pretend as children, so all you have to do is ask your child and his friends to create a scene where they are out for dinner, and one of them becomes the waiter, and one of them becomes the child himself. Then both of them will have conversations on what the child can eat and to which food items he has allergy from and what all items can be included in the dish and so on.
One of the best ways to teach your child about the food allergies is to make him read books that are specially written for them. There are many books on the market for children of all ages that teach about allergies.
Allergy treatment for kids is easy
Precaution is better than a cure in this case (since there isn’t a cure for food allergies, unfortunately) and that should be the motto you teach kids.
One of the most important things that you have to do to treat a reaction is to carry an epinephrine injection with you everywhere (only with a doctor’s prescription). You do not have to worry about how to inject the injection as the doctor, or the owner of the pharmacy store will teach you when you buy one. You just have to be sure about the expiry dates of the injection and carrying them every time an everywhere you take your child.
Also one of the best ways to let other people know about the food allergy that your child is suffering from is to make your child wear special bands. These bands are special alert bracelet jewelry that you can find at any pharmacy store. With the band, it becomes for the nearby people to know about the food allergy of your child.
Lastly, you can ask your doctor about the various clinical tests to know in depth about the food allergy and the various treatments and the supplements that you can provide your child with.
Food allergies are very common in small children, and they should not be looked upon as something that brings shyness or shame. There is no shame or harm in talking your child about the food allergies that he possesses. If you tell your child about the food allergy not only will be able to know about them more but will also take care in the near future about what food item can he eat and what he cannot. Also, it is important to teach him about what can be done in an emergency situation.