Teach the basics

Explain the allergy to your child - the foods to be avoided, the symptoms, treatment, and how to use the emergency kit, if relevant (see p.15).

Tell her not to accept food other than from a small known group of trusted adults, unless she is sure she knows what's in it.

Encourage her to speak up about her allergy whenever it might be important and support her when she does, for example, at other people's houses and at restaurants. She should learn to automatically and confidently ask questions about any food offered such as how it was cooked and the ingredients.

Teach her to always read the ingredients lists and labels on products so that she becomes familiar with the names of problem ingredients and the different terms used for them. She needs to be aware that manufacturing processes, familiar menus, and recipes can change overnight so something that was safe last week may not be now.

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