food allergiesEvery year in America, there are millions of kids who enjoy Valentine’s Day at school and exchange gifts, candy, and more. However, for kids with food allergies, this time may be difficult to enjoy. Consider talking to your kids and their teachers in ways to help them (safely!) enjoy Valentine’s Day.

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Talk to Your Kids About Food Allergies

It’s important to talk to your kids (no matter their age) about their food allergies. Explain to them the potential risk if they consume the candy or food that they’re allergic to. Especially with younger kids, they may not remember as easily as older kids. Create acronyms or make a game for your kids to remember what they’re allergic to and what to avoid!

Something many teens may not realize is that allergens can be transferred through kissing as well. If your child kisses a person who recently ate an allergen, he or she may have an allergic reaction. Remind your teens to bring their epinephrine injector on every date or hang out at a friend’s house.

Talk to Teachers About Food Allergies

Knowledge is power and this is especially true concerning allergies. The more people who know and understand your child’s allergies, the better defense your child has against an allergic reaction. For example, if your child’s teachers know about the allergies, he will be able to take appropriate precautions to prevent a Valentine’s Day disaster. Consider offering certain Valentine’s Day goodies (food and non-food) that are safe for any allergy-affected kiddo. Ideas such as:

  • Cut out paper hearts and hang them in the classroom
  • Exchange stickers, pencils, and other trinkets
  • Have a Valentine’s Day outfit contest and games
  • Make friendship bracelets
  • Set aside a time for a Valentine’s Day card-making project

If your child has symptoms of allergies, please call our office at 270-228-2811 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brauer.