How to keep summer allergies at bay


For parents of children with allergies, the
summer can prove difficult. Gone is the
structure of the school environment where
teachers and administrative staff are aware
of health concerns and educated on how
to react. Here’s how Canadian Indy Race
Car Driver Alex Tagliani, born with life-threatening
peanut and tree nut allergies,
recommends keeping control of allergies
over the summer:

  1. Always carry your EpiPen with you.
  2. Teach your kids to recognize the signs and symptoms
    of an allergic reaction. Even young children should
    know the signs so they can tell an adult.
  3. While on summer road trips, alert restaurant staff
    when dining out about allergies and ask about safe
    meal recommendations. Bringing your own snacks
    on the road can also help.
  4.  Arm your kids with a MedicAlert ID. MedicAlert is
    supported by a 24/7 emergency hotline service, staffed
    with medical professionals ready to provide information.

Originally published in ParentsCanada magazine, July 2013.

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