Holiday Fun for Kids with Food Allergies

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Hi, I'm Dr. Altman. Birthdays, holidays and other celebrations are supposed to be all about fun, but for parents of kids with severe food allergies they can be a little scary too. You want your child to have fun, but you also want them to stay away from anything that might trigger an allergic reaction.

Try some of these parent approved tips to make sure those celebrations are fun and safe. First, come prepared, bring some allergy free treats your child can enjoy. Even when your child is very young, talk about what he is allergic to and where those allergens might hide. As your child gets older, coach him before the event, remind him what he's allergic to, where it might be hiding, and what questions ask the host.

Scrutinize labels on anything [xx], and remember mini-sized candies may have different ingredients than their full-sized counterparts when in doubt, throw it out. Finally, if your child is prone to anaphylaxis, that's a severe allergic reaction, always carry epinephrine pack. And don't forget to have a good time.

I'm Dr. Altmann, check out all our smart tips from more ways to keep your family safe.