Helping others be prepared
Don’t feel embarrassed or self-conscious about making sure adults such as other parents, party hosts, babysitters, childcare workers or teachers are aware of your child’s severe allergy – allergy and the risk of anaphylaxis is becoming more and more common.
- If food is a trigger, offer to provide your child’s food.
- Offer to demonstrate the use of the EpiPen® using the trainer device, or direct the ‘carer’ to the on this website or YouTube.
- You could download this leaflet from our EpiPen® Resources section and print it out to share with others.
- If your child is going on an excursion, school camp or extended get together with friends, download and print a copy of the
Anaphylaxis Action Plan and make sure the person in charge is aware of it.
- EpiClub® provides a number of useful resources for schools. Let your school know about the section of the website so they can request a FREE resource kit for their school.
Tips for playing safe
Playgrounds and parks can be scary, but once again, some planning can help alleviate your anxieties.
- Remind children not to share food or drinks with friends
- Encourage children to use hand wipes before and after eating and playing
- Be on the look-out for insects and places where they gather (e.g., beehives, ant hills, flower beds etc.)
- Clean up food and drink after eating or if there is a spill, to avoid attracting insects
- Encourage children to inform a friend about their risk for anaphylaxis, how to recognise symptoms and
when they should get an adult in case of an emergency
- Remind children not to wander off if they suspect symptoms of anaphylaxis are beginning
- Make sure that adults in charge are aware of children’s severe allergies
- Make sure the child (or carer) has an EpiPen® on hand and knows what to do.