The Network suggests the following New Year’s resolutions for managing life-threatening allergies:
Replace fear with facts
Schedule an appointment with your allergist to review your food or latex allergy diagnosis: Do you know exactly what you are allergic to? Is it time for new testing? What is working or not working in your prevention program? Make a list of questions in advance and be sure to include food-allergic children in the conversation. Help them understand how to prevent exposure and respond to symptoms.
Practice prevention and build confidence
Educate your children by reading food labels with them, both at home and the grocery store. Focus on words related to their specific allergies. In addition, talk with them about situations they may find difficult to handle, such as being offered snacks that may contain allergens at school or parties; role play to help them build confidence.
With life-threatening food, latex or other allergies, it’s important to carry two epinephrine auto-injectors with you everywhere, every day. Devise convenient and creative ways to keep them close at hand. Check expiration dates on your devices and put renewal reminders on your calender..
Extract from Allergy & Asthma Network