The holiday season is here. School parties filled with crafts, cupcakes and other tasty treats will be in full swing to ring in the season. However, for those children and teachers suffering from food allergies, the classroom parties can be a life-threatening place as the risk of contamination, from a nut product especially, is at an all-time high.
One in 13 children have a food allergy of some type, most often a nut or tree nut allergy. Overall, 15 million Americans must carefully watch what they eat. Classrooms with food allergic children in them have alert signs posted and school nurses know which students are food allergic, but in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, inadvertent mistakes with food bought to school can happen. The danger is particularly strong with store bought goodies, which may contain nut related products or byproducts, or oils, and they man be manufactured on shared machinery that has been used to prepare nut products.
Young children are particularly vulnerable to ingesting food to which they are allergic. They haven’t yet developed the self-advocacy skills or common sense to stay away from the foods they can’t eat, especially when they are packaged so attractively at holiday time.
To help keep kids safe from the holiday sweet treats of December, updating the school of allergies and outfitting children in medical ID bracelets are two great ways to celebrate without worry. Hope Paige has created a fun, colorful and stylish line of accessories great for all ages that provide a fun, fashionable and festive way to protect children with food allergies.
All products come with personalized with wearer’s contact information and medical condition to alert medical professionals if an emergency arises. Click to see some fun styles, and view the entire collection online at www.hopepaige.com.
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