- Teach those with allergies to stay away from such foods. And carry emergency medicine with them too.
- Teach other kids to treat allergic children normally.
- As parents and educators be well informed from before about different ingredients being used in food before allowing the child to touch or eat it. If you know of kids with food allergies then you can click on this link to know more about it.
Things to Teach:
- Tell the little ones that we are all different. And yet we can enjoy our lives together.
- There is no cure for food allergies. So staying away is the only option to prevent an allergic reaction.
- Egg, peanut, treenuts, dairy, soy, wheat, shellfish and fish are the top 8 allergens for kids with food allergies.
- Those with food allergies should be taught always carrying their medicine.
- At parties, allow those with allergies to swap unsafe treats with. Other, probably non food, items.
Consciously, I will not discuss any fun things to do after this story. However, here are a few books that you can read to your child to help them understand allergies better.
- The Bugabees: Friends With Food Allergies by Amy Recob
- Allie the Allergic Elephant: A Children’s Story of Peanut Allergies by Nicole Smith
- Chad the Allergic Chipmunk: A Children’s Story of Nut Allergies by Nicole Smith
- Cody the Allergic Cow: A Children’s Story of Milk Allergies by Nicole Smith
- Thai’s exciting first week at school (dealing with food allergies) by Jackie Nevard
- Thai’s Big Adventure In The City by Jackie Nevard
- Aneil Has a Food Allergy by Jillian Powell
- Horace and Morris Say Cheese (which makes Dolores sneeze!) by James Howe and Amy Walrod Alexander Goes to a Birthday Party by Anne Munoz-Furlong
- The Peanut-Free Cafe by Gloria Koster
- The Peanut Butter Jam by Elizabeth Sussman Nassau
- No Nuts for Me! By Aaron Zevy
- The Peanut Pickle: A Story about Peanut Allergy by Jessica Jacobs
- No Lobster: A Story of a Child with a Severe Seafood Allergy by Robyn Rogers
- What’s Up with Paulina?: Medikidz Explain Food Allergies (Superheroes on a Medical Mission) by by Kim Chilman-blair
- A Day at the Playground: by Tracie Schrand
- The Princess and the Peanut: A Royally Allergic Fairytale by Sue Ganz-Schmitt
- Follow what the No Biggie Bunch (created by authors Heather Mehra and Kerry McManama) does – be prepared, be safe, have fun, be optimistic and have a great attitude. Read more about them here.
- Make a chart of the food products that kids are most prone to be allergic. To advocate safety, especially at school, find out which kids are allergic to what and have their pictures pinned next to that allergen
While you plan out a craft activity, a few notes of caution in case of kids with food allergies
- Stay away from crafts that involve food. For example the peanut butter pine cone bird feeders. Use corn syrup instead.
- When using recycled jars and cans, do make sure if and what food was stored in it earlier
- Some places where allergens hide are: Peanuts in M&M, wheat in homemade play dough and crayons that use soy and glue.