This week is Allergy Awareness week, which focuses on eczema. Munchkin does have eczema but thankfully fairly mildly. Her triggers are her allergens ( so contact or consuming nut products) and certain cosmetics and washing powders can make her symptoms worse.
Whilst I’m not going to focus too much on eczema in this post, I thought it would be a benefit to offer my top tips and advice in regards to allergies.
Eating Out/ Days out
- Be prepared, I always call a restaurant ahead and ask / inform the establishment about our coeliac and nut allergy requirements.
- Ask to see the allergy information and policies
- Don’t assume that because you’ve eaten the same meal more than once it’s still ok, restaurants change ingredients and suppliers all the time.
- You are not being fussy and do not let that thought stop you from asking the relavent questions.
- I always have safe back ups for days out etc so no one goes without.
- Safe swaps in your bag work well for party bags etc as well.
- Carry all relevant medication with you. If you have epi pens carry 2 the first one doesn’t always work.
- Arm yourself with wipes to clean table surfaces before sitting down, also I find kids just attract dirt so baby wipes are a must anyway.
- If you are struggling with anything talk to someone, you are not alone ( Twitter allergy community is great) there is always someone who can help.
- Your allergies are part of you- but don’t let them define you.
- Kick the crappy guilt fairy out of your head- she will consume you if you let her. My advice is swat her away hard, cuddle your child/ partner/ pet and tell yourself you are doing a great job, because you know what? You really are.
- Allergy UK is a very useful site
- Always #carryyourkit be it medicines, medical cards, epi pens etc.
So some of my top tips for you. Do keep looking back, as I will be adding more as I remember them.
Do you have any top tips? Let me know in the comments below.