When a child is diagnosed with a food allergy, such as a peanut allergy, parents may be overwhelmed and do not know how they should manage their child’s food allergy and where to start. Parents worry about accidental exposure at schools, birthday parties, restaurants, etc.
The first place parents can start is at home. It is also one of the easier places to manage, and the place where parents have complete control of the foods their child is exposed to. The home should be a more relaxed place for the child and the parents.
One thing parents often wonder is whether they should ban the food allergen completely. For example, if a child is allergic to peanuts, should peanut butter be kept in the house at all? Some parents decide to ban the food completely because it is easier. Some parents decide to keep it in their home, but take precautions to avoid accidental exposure. Every family’s lifestyle and needs are different. Parents need to consider several factors in order to make the best decision for the family. Some of the factors include:
The type of food allergen should be considered as well. Some food allergens are easier to ban than other foods. For example, making a home peanut free may be easier than eliminating wheat.
If parents decide against banning the food allergen, below are some tips the family can follow to ensure that the child with the food allergy is not accidently exposed to the food allergen:
Parents will do everything they can to keep their child from being exposed to a food allergen. However, accidental exposure can and does happen due to someone’s negligence at a school or restaurant. In those situations, the child has legal rights against the negligent party if the child suffers a serious allergic reaction. If you have questions about your child’s legal rights after an allergic reaction due to someone’s negligence, call Daniel J. O’Brien, a PA and NJ personal injury lawyer, to schedule a FREE consultation. 877.944.8396
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