Make Sure Your Little One Stays Safe And Healthy This Holiday Season.

Food allergies are a common concern for parents. In good news, real, life threatening food allergies may be less common...
Food allergies are a common concern for parents. In good news, real, life threatening food allergies may be less common then we thought. In bad new, some tots do have very real food allergies and the holidays pose a problem. In fact, the American Dietetic Association (ADA) notes that as many as 3 million children may experience food allergies. What to do...? During the holidays many people think it's cute to give little treats to babies and toddlers, but well-meaning intentions can still harm a little one with food allergies. If your child has known food allergies, it's best to be very prepared.
  • Remind day care personnel, babysitters, family members and other well-meaning adults, that your child does have allergies and shouldn't get little holiday treats unless you know what's in them.
  • You can offer up treats for parties which means you get to control what ingredients go in them.
  • To make it easy, plain out say, "NO food or treats for my baby unless I'm present." Tell other people why, because it's hard to resist giving a treat if you don't offer a great reason.
  • Plan holiday celebrations around activities and fun, vs. food.
The ADA also points out that you should, as always, make sure your child’s caregivers have detailed medical plans in place, along with everything needed to treat the allergy in case of an emergency. Don't forget, it's not just food that can cause holiday allergies. Look out for other common baby holiday allergy triggers too.

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