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Checklist for Managing a Food Allergy Lifestyle

April 2013

15 Steps to Managing Life with Food Allergies

This is a must-have checklist for parents of children with food allergies! By adding these habits into your lifestyle, you can effectively manage food allergies.

Make Sure Food is Free of Allergens Your Child Needs to Avoid

Check Totally avoid all foods containing allergens — even traces of those allergens — to prevent allergic reactions.

Check Educate yourself about food allergy management and then educate your family, your child, friends, school and community about food allergies.

Check Focus on what your child can have; not what he cannot.

Check Read labels every time and become familiar with the names for hidden ingredients in foods your child needs to avoid.

Check Prepare and choose foods that are not cross contaminated with allergens your child needs to avoid.

Check Don't ever assume that a food item is allergen-free without reading the label or verifying its safety with whoever prepared it.

Take Charge of Your Child's Health Care

Check Find a board-certified allergist or pediatric allergist for diagnosis and management of your child's food allergies.

Locate a Board-Certified Allergist:

AAAAI Physician Referral

ACAAI Allergist Locator

Check Work with your child's doctors to develop a food allergy action plan to treat an allergic reaction.

Check Work with your schools, daycares, preschools, and other places that care for your child to develop a plan to reduce exposure to your child's allergens.

Check Have emergency medicines available at all times.

Check Consider having your child wear an emergency medical identification bracelet.

Check Work closely with your doctors and don't hesitate to seek guidance from a registered dietitian to help maintain your child's nutritionally-balanced diet — removing foods from a child's diet can result in nutritional deficiencies.

Check Work with your pharmacist to help select medications and health products that do not include your child's allergens.

Empower Your Child

Check Teach your child, in an age-appropriate way, how to be responsible for his food allergies.  Involve him in meal preparation, grocery shopping, and label reading — and teach him how to refuse food that a parent or responsible caregiver hasn't approved in advance.

Check Make sure your child understands why she can't eat the same things as her siblings/friends/family.

Approved by KFA's Medical Advisory Team June 2009. Updated April 2013.

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Page last updated 7/29/2012

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