5 tips how to keep your child with food allergies safe
*This is sponsored post on behalf of Rescufy app. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in anyway.
If you are the parent of a child with a food allergy, every moment of your day is worrisome. What will happen if your child is exposed to their allergen? What happens if you aren’t there?
My daughter has a food dye allergy. While it isn’t life threatening, my daughter’s reaction is reflected in her behavior. I’ve related her behavior to someone on serious drugs or alcohol. She’s 5. When she finally comes down from her “food dye high”, she finds herself with a bad stomach ache or headache. I do my best to keep her away, but sometimes an unsuspecting item gets sneaked in.
While we live in a culture now where food allergies are so prevalent, I feel like people are more empathetic to the fact that there may be a food allergy near by. I know my own children go to a school that is peanut free. Even when we aren’t at school, I don’t like to pack anything with peanut products for fear of someone with an allergy may be close by. Unfortunately, mistakes happen and people aren’t as worrisome as I am.
Here are tips how to keep your child with food allergies safe
- Never, ever leave home without your epi-pen.
- Make sure teachers, scouting leaders, babysitters, family members, close friends and anyone else who may ever be with your child knows about your child’s allergies and that they know how to use the epi-pen.
- Read every label. Even when you buy the product week after week, read the label. Countless times I have had friends tell me about a reaction because the company changed their recipe or where their product is produced. Who cares what people may think when you ask to see that box of cookies they’re giving to your child?
- Educate your child. When at the youngest age, let your child know that they are allergic to certain foods and how to spell those foods. My daughter has told someone a few times that she couldn’t drink fruit punch or have M&M’s.
- Get the Rescufy app!
The free Rescufy app launched over the summer and is successfully being used by thousands of people who either have severe allergies or asthma or are a parent of children with these serious conditions. They are now running an Indiegogo campaign to raise money to add 2 really great upgrades to the functionality of the app – one will connect your phone to your EpiPen using bluetooth technology so you never leave your Epi behind at home or in the car again. If you get too far out of range, the app will notify you so you can go back and grab it. As I am sure you know, this is a true benefit – first because it is medically crucial always to keep your Epi close if you are at risk of anaphylaxis, but also because an EpiPen gets destroyed if left in extremely hot or cold weather. If you forget your Epi in your car, you may end up having to throw it away. A big deal when a replacement can cost $600+ depend on your insurance.
The second upgrade will allow parents to “hand off” the app to a babysitter or caregiver for a set period of time so that they have exactly what they need to respond to an anaphylaxis episode. Perfect for date night or a weekend away, and offers peace of mind for parents who have severely allergic children.
Our friends at Rescufy are working on groundbreaking upgrades to their anaphylaxis emergency response mobile app to make the lives of everyone who lives with severe allergies safer. Rescufy Connect will ensure that you never forget your epinephrine injector again and will allow you to “hand off” your profile to a caregiver so that they can get help as fast as you can if your child experiences anaphylaxis.
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