If your child has a food allergy, you probably find yourself worrying about holidays like Valentine's Day. This is one time of the year when many students pass out valentines that are often accompanied by candy, which could include ingredients that are dangerous for your little one. Although you might want your child to take part in the fun, you could worry that he or she could consume a piece of candy that might trigger an allergic reaction. Luckily, following these three tips should help.
1. Remind the Teacher
Although your child's teacher should already know about his or her food allergies, it never hurts to send a note or e-mail or to make a quick call to remind him or her. Depending on the number of students in the class who have allergies, the teacher might decide that non-candy valentines are the best choice to keep the kids safe. This type of policy can obviously be quite helpful. Even if the teacher does not choose to institute this type of policy, he or she will know to keep an eye on your child's valentines and to help prevent him or her eating candy that he or she might be allergic to.
2. Have a Talk With Your Child
Make sure that your talk to your child about his or her food allergies before Valentine's Day. It might be a good idea to create a rule that your child is not to eat any of his or her Valentine's Day candy until it has been checked over by you. If you explain the health risks, your child is likely to listen and take proper precautions
3. Provide Your Own Valentine's Day Treats
For a lot of kids—and even adults—Valentine's Day just isn't Valentine's Day without candy or treats. To help ensure that your child can still participate in the fun, consider buying candy or making homemade treats that are safe for your child to eat. Then, your child can take them to school (if allowed) and can eat them at home and can still take part in the festivities, but you don't have to worry as much about him or her accidentally consuming the wrong foods.
Having a child with food allergies can be tough, especially around Valentine's Day. However, if you follow these three tips, you can help prevent any food allergy-related problems for your little one this Valentine's Day.
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