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Food-Allergic Kids Can Have Fun, Safe School Field Trips

Food-Allergic Kids Can Have Fun, Safe School Field Trips
Food allergies and field trips can be a combination for worry, especially if your child has severe food allergies. As your child gets older, they will take on more of the responsibility to stay safe on field trips, but younger kids are always going to need reminders and help from adults. Here are some tips:

Field trip schedule. Check with your child’s teacher in advance of the field trip for details so you can be better prepared.

School health office and/or nurse.  Give a call to the school nurse to speak about medications and review emergency procedures for your child.

Adult helper. If you aren’t a chaperone, you’ll want someone to keep an extra watch on your child. It could be the teacher, another parent chaperone who knows your child or a health aide, whoever has the time and know-how about keeping your child safe. .

Brown bag lunches. Many times, kids are not allowed to bring a lunch box on their field trip. (If this is really an issue, speak with the teacher. Usually you can get an accommodation for food allergies.) You will want to pack some paper towels that your child can use as a place mat at the table, to protect their safe food from any allergens left over from previous lunch-eaters.
If your child does brown bag it, peanut butter substitutes such as SunButter are helpful for a brown bag lunch. Label it so the teacher knows it’s not peanut butter.

To read the complete blog post and all the tips that can help make school field trips safer for food allergic children, please click here. 

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