Now that you understand your visitor’s food allergy, here are a couple quick things you can do to ensure any mishaps are handled with ease.
- Find out if the food allergic visitor carries an EpiPen and familiarize yourself with how to administer it. For a refresher, see https://shmallergy.wordpress.com/2011/01/18/familiarize-or-refamiliarize-yourself-on-how-to-use-an-epipen
- If you don’t already have one on hand, now is a good time to ask a friend or neighbor for the name and number of a trusted pediatrician. Accidents happen (and not always having to do with food allergies). I cannot tell you the number of times we have seen our surrogate pediatricians in New York and New Jersey while visiting and vacationing.
- It can’t hurt to keep Children’s Benadryl on-hand. It’s one of the things I never travel without. But just in case, I also store one at my parents’ house and in-laws’ beach house for when we visit. And, yes, we’ve used them.
Most of the time, you won’t need to even think about employing the above. But you’ll be glad you were ready if you do.
Next post, we’ll discuss how to prepare your kitchen to make it food allergy friendlier in a snap!