Once a diagnosis of food allergy is made, avoidance is very important. Avoidance is difficult and can become overwhelming. A true diagnosis of food allergy is extremely important. The Food Allergy Network at www.foodallergy.org is a great resource and should be visited by all food allergic individuals.
- Read labels carefully and learn the alternative names used for the offending food.
- Cross contamination may occur in processed foods
- Read labels for all snack foods and candies
- Teach the entire family about food allergies, including brothers and sisters
- Ask at restaurants
- Use a name tag for small children
- Teach your child what to avoid and in what forms it can appear
- Eliminate the dangerous food from your home
- Teach friends, neighbors, and family members about food allergies and the Emergency Plan
Seeking advice from an allergist and the Food Allergy Network is helpful to set up a plan for avoidance. Avoidance of the food, coupled with an Emergency Plan, can help provide a safer environment for you or your child.
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