Responsibility For A Food Allergy Child
Throughout childhood, the main burden of responsibility for the safety of an Allergy child falls on the parents. The parents are a child’s main focus. Children rely on their parents to guide them thru the deep waters of childhood and into adulthood. A severe Allergic reaction can sink a person in minutes with dire physical, emotional, and financial consequences. The parents have to teach the child about their condition as soon as possible. Have frequent and in-depth talks about foods. Some foods are nutritious such as fruit and vegetables. Some foods are not nutritious such as junk foods. Some foods will harm some people, such as your child, and the same foods will be fine for other people.
The medical assessment comes from the Allergist, who provides a prescription and a set of instructions to follow in case of emergency. The parents need to teach everyone involved in the child’s life about the complications that can arise from eating the wrong food. This includes the other parents, teachers, caregivers, school moms, soccer coaches, principals, lunchroom supervisors, etc. Parents might seek and get better understanding from non-Allergy people with a special awareness of Food Sensitivities. These types of people may be Diabetics, Vegetarians, Lactose Intolerant, sufferers of Celiac Disease and Gluten sensitivities, among a wide variety of other food-induced ailments.
Here is a very short list of parental responsibilities. We will cover these subjects in greater depth throughout the later posts in this blog. Be sure to keep checking back for lots of useful information.
- Learn everything you can about your child’s Allergy.
- Teach your child about the Allergy.
- Find able, responsible, and attentive adults to care for your child when you are not there.
- Teach other adults about the Allergy.
- Teach other kids about the Allergy.
- Read Ingredient Labels over and over and ….
- Trust Issues.
- Be a BIG part of your child’s life.
You need to learn everything you can about your child’s Allergy. Ask your pediatrician or Allergist, talk to other parents, find support groups, write a blog and let me know about it. Learn the symptoms of an Allergic reaction. Learn how to use an epinephrine shot. Is there a nurse at your child’s school? Does the school need a prescription for the epinephrine shot? Does the school need multiple pens for different locations? Look for answers on the internet, like you are doing now. (Great work, by the way!) The internet is a huge wealth of knowledge. You can contact almost anyone thru the internet and find an answer to a specific question. I would recommend asking different people the same question. You might get a variety of answers.
Unless you have seen a severe Allergic reaction or had one yourself, it is difficult to grasp the extent of the damage that a small Allergen can inflict on a human body. And yes, it’s very bad.
You are your child’s primary resource of information on how to handle the Allergy. You need to keep yourself up to date on any developments. Your child’s life is in our hands.
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