Will your child soon be going on a field trip?
Here are some questions you’ll want to discuss:
- Is the location high-risk or allergen free?
- How will they get to the location?
- Will the students have access to food?
- Will the students pack or purchase lunch or snacks?
- Will the eating area be cleaned and have a safe area for your child?
- Can students clean their hands before and after eating?
- Who will be in charge of watching over your child?
- Who will know how to administer an EpiPen?
- Who will carry your child’s action plan, EpiPen and other medical info?
- Will the teacher have a cell phone available if needed?
- If child has a cell phone, can they take it?
Here are some other tips to consider:
If your schedule allows, see if you can chaperone or if a family member (who understands food allergies) can attend with your child.
Try to contact or visit the facility beforehand to find out the safety of the environment.
Many times, the locations they visit will pass out treats or baked goods. I highly recommend teaching your child to not accept the item and give a standard reply like, “No thank you, I have a food allergy”.
Consider having them wear a tattoo, button, bracelet, or some item that will help inform and remind others of the allergy. Make sure their lunch bag and beverages are clearly marked with an allergy alert sticker or other method. You can find temporary tattoos and stickers on our site.
If you don’t feel comfortable about the place, the activities, or how your child will be chaperoned…Don’t be afraid to speak up! Sometimes it’s not worth the risk and you should just forgo the fieldtrip – you can always take your child somewhere else and have a special day of your own.
Allergies at School
The tips listed above are taken from our book Allergies at School. We’re currently updating our book with more resources, and it will be available again later this month!