One of the most helpful food allergy documents I ever received first came, not from our wonderful allergist, but from our pediatrician. An Allergy Action Plan is a vital document for you and your family. It clearly outlines what to do and who to call in a variety of allergic situations. It spells out how much medication to give and reminds the reader if the patient is asthmatic.
We keep copies of our Allergy Action Plan everywhere. I have one in our emergency medication basket in the kitchen, one in the car glove compartment, one in our Emergency On-The-Go Kit, one at school, one at religious school, and others at camp. Now that I’m writing this, I think I should give a copy to my parents and in-laws so that they can familiarize themselves with the right course of action and know where to access this crucial information in case my son is staying with them (even if his On-The-Go Kit also contains one).
To complete your Food Allergy Action Plan today:
1. First download Allergy Shmallergy’s: AS – Severe Allergy Action Plan;
2. Bring to your allergist or pediatrician to fill out. This is not for a parent/patient to complete;
3. Make more copies than you think is necessary to display/distribute to anywhere you/your child keeps epinephrine;
4. Date the document and remember to update it every 12 months.