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Thursday, July 20, 2017

7 Important Things to Keep in Your Purse for Children with Food Allergies





Disclosure: I am not a medical professional. Take this list to your child's physician to ask for their advice since every child is unique and may have different types of allergies and needs.

Food allergies are on the rise and no one knows quite why. It is stressful to have a child with food allergies. Personally, my child was once rushed to the doctor and given steroids because he swelled up and almost stopped breathing. It was the scariest moment of my life and made me determined to become a more organized person at home and on-the-go. In today's post, I want to share tips for things to keep in your purse for children with food allergies. I will also show you my trendy purse and mini zipper pouch that makes me feel stylish without being too bulky.

5 Important Things to Keep in Your Purse for Children with Food Allergies


1. Keep their prescription medication in an area of your purse that is easy to access.

The type of medication that your doctor recommends may vary, but for us, our son needs an EpiPen Jr. I have the Midway Hobo purse from Thirty-One Gifts which has a nice zipper enclosure that is easy for me to store medication.



2. Keep laminated instructions for emergencies and a list of local emergency rooms with addresses.
Your treatment will vary based on the instructions of your doctor, but for my son's food allergy, we have instructions for how to administer his EpiPen Jr. and that he must go directly to the emergency room after it is administered. On the back of the laminated card, we have his pediatrician's name and phone number, his allergist's name and phone number, and a list of local emergency rooms with addresses. In particular, we marked the nearest emergency rooms that specialize in pediatrics. The closest location is the most important factor, but if we are in between locations, we prefer the ER that specializes in pediatrics.

3. Keep a copy of their insurance card.
When you visit the emergency room, they will ask for your child's insurance card. Keep it in a handy location.

4. Travel sanitizing wipes.
My child is not even one year old yet, so he still wants to touch everything. I keep a travel pack of sanitizing wipes in my purse to wipe down tables and high chairs. (This works for our child, but please talk to your doctor as your child may have a more severe allergy where sanitizing wipes are not enough.)

5. Safe snacks.
Keep safe snack foods in your purse. This takes the bulk of the space in my purse, but is a necessity since many places are not able to accommodate food allergies. We store snacks in a Mini Zipper Pouch from Thirty-One Gifts.



6. Allergy alert bracelet.
We have an allergy alert bracelet for our child. However, he doesn't like to wear it. I keep it in my purse for when he needs it.

7. Cell phone programmed with "ICE" - In Case of Emergency.
Add an ICE ("In Case of Emergency") phone number to your cell phone so that someone is able to call your spouse or other emergency contact for you if needed. I have a purse with an exterior cell pocket to make my phone easily accessible. My Midway Hobo purse from Thirty-One Gifts has a nice exterior pocket for my cell phone.

Personally, I found the perfect purse that balances my need for carrying several supplies for my child's allergies and other basics such as my phone, keys, and other small items. It is the Midway Hobo purse from Thirty-One Gifts. The trendy Midway Hobo purse comes in several colors, but I have the Black Beauty Pebble color because I like that it is a classic color that goes with almost anything. The dimensions are 12/5"H x 12"L x 3.5" D with a handle drop of 14.25". It's a great size for everything that I need. Best of all, it has three interior pockets, one exterior cell pocket, and a zipper closure. The pockets are great for moms like me who have important medical supplies and instructions that may be stored in their own pocket for easy access.



Disclosure: Again, I am not a medical professional. Take this list to your child's physician to ask for their advice since every child is unique and may have different types of allergies and needs.

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