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Living with Allergies (Part 3)

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What to Do in an Emergency If someone is having an anaphylactic reaction, follow these 5 emergency steps: Give epinephrine (e.g. EpiPen® ) at the first sign of a known or suspected anaphylactic reaction. Call 9-1-1 or your local emergency medical services and tell them that someone is having an anaphylactic reaction. Give a second dose of epinephrine as early as 5 minutes after the first dose if there is no improvement in symptoms. Go to the nearest hospital right away (ideally by ambulance), even if symptoms are mild or have stopped. The reaction could get worse or come back. Call emergency contact...

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Living with Allergies (Part 2)

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Be Ready to Treat an Allergic Reaction Even at home it’s good to have a plan, so everyone is prepared if there is a reaction. An Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan can be shared with extended family, housemates, babysitters or anyone else who comes into your home. All family members and caregivers should know how and when to use an epinephrine auto-injector. Have up-to-date auto-injectors and know where to find them. Keep your auto-injectors and any other medications recommended by your doctor handy. Make sure they are out of reach of young children and that family members know where they are kept....

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Living with Allergies (Part 1)

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Learn Safe Practices Together with Kids Your whole family can be involved in meal planning at home. They will gradually learn safe practices, such as replacing ingredients in favorite recipes to make them safe to eat. If you make food in your home that contains a family member’s allergens, here are some great tips for staying safe: Cook meals that are free of the person’s allergens first, using separate cookware and serving utensils. Keep the food covered in a space where it will not be splashed or come into contact with other foods. Do not use the same utensils when cooking or...

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Halloween Tips to Keep Kids Safe (Part 4)

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What to do with the candy afterwards Tip 1: Some parents do a “switch witch” or a “great pumpkin”, where kids leave their treats overnight and parents exchange them for a new toy. Make a date to go to the store so your child can pick out what they would like. Read how one family incorporates the great pumpkin. Tip 2: Donate the candies to your local seniors centre, food bank, or community centre. Tip 3: If your child is keeping the treats, plan to sort them out together. Encourage your child to read the ingredient labels and help them determine which are the...

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Halloween Tips to Keep Kids Safe (Part 3)

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Trick-or-treating While out Tip 1: Ensure your child is carrying their auto-injectors (e.g. EpiPen) with them at all times and that whoever they are with knows where the auto-injectors are in case of an emergency and how to use them. Tip 2: Remind your child to not eat any of the candy before they get home. Tip 3: Wear Shine a light glow-in-the-dark teal bracelets as a way of driving awareness. At home Tip 1: Participate in #ShineATealLight campaign. Where you shine a teal light on your front porch to show your support for kids with food allergy. This campaign promotes safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing...

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