Preparation Can Help Kids With Nut Allergies Travel
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Parents of children with
nut allergies need to take special precautions if they're traveling
during the holiday season, an expert warns.
"The best thing to do is plan ahead. Though you can't plan for everything, being prepared will help keep your child safe and limit your holiday stress," Dr. Sean Cahill, an associate professor of pediatrics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, said in a Loyola news release.
One of the most important things is to keep your child's hands
-- and surfaces that your child touches -- as clean as possible, he
said. An allergic reaction can occur when children touch a surface
that's been exposed to nuts and then places their hand(s) in their
Cahill offered the following general travel tips:
- Packing snacks will ensure you have safe food for your
- Make sure you know how restaurant food is prepared. For
example, some fast-food restaurants cook their food in peanut
- In case of an emergency, have an EpiPen and antihistamine
medications with you at all times.
Cahill also noted that peanuts are a common airline snack and
aircraft seats often contain traces of nuts. He advised parents to
use sanitizing wipes to clean all solid surfaces, including arm
rests and tray tables.
Dress children in a long-sleeved shirt and long pants, to limit
the amount of nut residue that comes into contact with their
And remember to bring a note from your doctor so that your
EpiPen doesn't cause you trouble with airport security, he
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