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Food Allergies are a huge concern as back-to-school fever hits!

All over the country, parents are preparing their children to go back to school… But there is one thing that is causing panic, and that is food allergies and intolerances.

Whether it be wheat intolerance, lactose intolerance or a gluten allergy, there is cause for concern amongst parents all around the UK. A new study has revealed the impact of social, emotional and financial factors of managing food allergies and intolerances.

For children who are ready to go back to school and are suffering from food allergies, there is a significant burden of food allergies on the families. At this time of year, the wellbeing of children is of paramount importance. We are just about getting over hay fever season and now people are letting their children head back to school and will not necessarily have full control over what they are eating!

It is a very scary situation, particularly if you are not aware of what food allergies or food intolerances you or your child has. People are becoming more aware of food allergies, and the negative impact that they are having on others’ lives. They impact the life of not only children, but also adults with allergies, their families and also people who are looking after them.

Think of it like this, your child, depending on their allergies and intolerances may not be able to interact as other children may be able to. Severe allergies leave parents worrying about their children participating in social activities, going out to restaurants, and even birthday parties.

Just think, imagine if it comes to Halloween and someone at school invites your child to a party, but you know your child has an allergy to chocolate. You would be scared!

Essentially, Lifelab Testing and other people in the allergy testing industry are keen to note the many disasters that appear to be playing on the minds of children.

Some of the key findings include the constant fear of accidental exposure to food allergens, as this causes heightened stress, which often leads to stress and anxiety, the feeling of being isolated in a social environment, and also depression! This is not only for the child but also the parents. Now you can see the detrimental effect that allergies can have on children.

In fact, according to a study by the AAFA, more than 50% of parents have reported that they are missing important school functions and have had to change plans, simply because of their child’s allergy. This sounds scary and stressful!

We haven’t even got to the costs of living with food allergies and intolerances yet, and this is something we will be discussing in next week’s blog. Keep an eye out on www.lifelabtesting.com.

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Keeping Your Kids Safe from Food Allergies as they Return to School

Anyone who has young children will be well aware that the school Summer holidays are just about over and it’s time to start shopping for those “back to school” essentials. If your child is unfortunate enough to have food allergies that cause them problems at home, lots of thought needs to be given to keeping your kids safe from food allergies as they return to school.

Dealing with food allergies and the like can be difficult at the best of times, let alone after you factor in all the stresses and worries that go along with being a parent at this time of year. In this blog, we’re going to offer up a few tips on keeping your little treasure safe, happy and playing as all kids should be.

Educating Your Child

First of all, the job of protecting your child against possible anaphylaxis or other unpleasant reactions that come from allergies to things like peanuts, starts with teaching them about what they’re allergic to and what to do if they come into contact with, what to them, is a dangerous substance. 

Your little one will need to know:

  • What exactly they’re allergic to and that they should avoid it,
  • Where their EpiPen is (if they have one) and how it’s used,
  • What kind of meals, snacks etc. have their problem food as an ingredient,
  • Not to share foods with other kids,
  • Never to eat anything when they’re not sure what’s in it.
  • This is probably the most important part of keeping your kids safe from food allergies as they return to school, as a certain amount of responsibility must be placed on them. This way, they learn to work around the issues it presents as they grow.

Informing Your School

An obvious, but often forgotten step is to inform the school about your child’s food allergies. You’ll likely have to give any EpiPen, antihistamine medication or quick-relief inhalers to the front office of your child’s school anyway and sign paperwork regarding its use, so this is the best time to go over exactly what you know about your child’s vulnerabilities. 

The good thing is that you’re not likely to be the only one with a child suffering from food allergies, particularly when it comes to things like peanuts, so you’ll probably find that measures are already in place to protect all children from this hidden danger. Just don’t leave it to chance and have a good chat with the school.

Make it Visible…if You Can

If your child is on the young side and they’re not confident enough to tell people about their allergies (a common issue, especially if they’re starting at a new school), then a small, but obvious badge with “I’m allergic to…” on it can be of help. Of course, you’ll have to get your child to agree to it first, as the last thing you want to do (and parents everywhere will attest to this) is cause them any unnecessary embarrassment.
This commonly employed measure ensures that everyone coming into contact with your child knows about their allergic issues.

In Conclusion

Ultimately, whilst you can control your child’s environment at home, this just isn’t possible to the same degree out in the big wide world. What you can do is teach your child how to stay safe at school with some basic rules that are held up as “Absolutely Must & Musn’t Dos” along with practical advice on how to use their medication effectively. Do this, as well as taking the appropriate steps to inform their school and you remove much of the potential hazards that they face.

Allergy Testing

If you suspect that your child suffers from any kind of food allergy and you haven’t yet determined exactly what the cause is yet, we have the solution. At Lifelab Testing, we provide quick, easy, painless and affordable allergy testing to really get to the heart of the problem and give you the answers you need to protect your child.

From as little as £68.99, you can have your child or even yourself allergy tested against up to 25 key food & drink allergies (please note we only test for children aged 5 and above). For details of this and all of our other allergy and food intolerance testing services take a look at our website.

Thanks for reading our blog and we’ll see you next time.