One of my loyal readers (another Jenny from Illinois--thanks!) shared this link with me from the Kids with Food Allergies e-newsletter. It's a great follow-up to my previous blog post because it gives you ideas for homemade snacks that could come in handy at home or at a school party, as well as allergy-free prepared snacks that you can buy at the supermarket or online.
Check it out here!
I found out yesterday that very minimal contact with peanuts/tree nuts (apparently from residue that resulted from kids around my daughter opening packages of nutty treats and eating PB sandwiches) is enough to make her have an allergic reaction that included a puffy, swollen eyebrow and facial hives. Luckily, Benadryl did the trick and that was as far as the reaction progressed. No ingestion occurred, but be aware that for many kids contact alone can cause a skin reaction; if the kids rub their eyes or put their fingers into their mouths, anaphylaxis can occur. That didn't happen to us yesterday but it was still a good reminder to be extra careful at school.
Having some allergy-free snack ideas to share with the class can go a long way to keeping your kids safe wherever they are. If you have any others, please feel free to share them with us!